One day, the sage gave the disciple an empty sack and a basket of potatoes. 'Think of all the people who have done or said something against you in the recent past, especially those you cannot forgive. For each of them, inscribe the name on a potato and put it in the sack.'

 The disciple came up with quite a few names, and soon his sack was full with potatoes.

 'Carry the sack with you wherever you go for a week,' said the sage. 

 At first, the disciple thought nothing of it. Carrying the sack was not particularly difficult. But after a while, it became more of a burden. It sometimes got in the way, and it seemed to require more effort to carry as time went on, even though its weight remained the same. After a few days, the sack began to smell. The carved potatoes gave off a ripe odor. Not only were they increasingly inconvenient to carry around, they were also becoming rather unpleasant.

Finally, the week was over. The sage summoned the disciple. 'Any thoughts about all this?'

'Yes, Master,' the disciple replied. 'The potatoes smelled and I'm tired of carrying this weight".

"Negative feelings are like rotten potatoes. When we are unable to forgive others, we carry negative feelings with us everywhere, much like these potatoes. That negativity becomes a burden to us and, after a while, it festers. We must forgive to lighten our load and make our lives happy' 

" What about the sack" the disciple asked 

'The sack is... that which allows you to hold on to the negativity. It is something within us that makes us dwell on feeling offended....Ah, it's your inflated sense of self-importance. And if you get rid of sack then you don't have a place to put the potatoes. That means no more weight to carry around, and no more bad smells. The secret of forgiveness is the conscious decision to not just to remove some potatoes... but to relinquish the entire sack.'



Nails in the Fence

How to Forgive


Dont Quit

The Grace of God

Anger and Frustration - Buddha's Teachings

Heaven and Hell

Sadhana - The Churning Within

Shukdev Muni and Janak Maharaj

King Janak and Astavakra

Ganesha and Tulsi's Curse

Twins - Birth and Death

Moving Rocks

The Cracked Pot

Escaping from Confinement

Breath - A True Gift of God

Love and time

The Cleaning Lady

The Mountain Story


Serving Others

Life - The Carpenter's House

The Four Wives


Creating Balance

Did Rama have a sister?

Listening to Bhagvad Gita

Never Give Up

Big Rocks

The Ripple Effect


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