Deliberations with Devdutt
Deliberations with Devdutt
Beyond Justice and Forgiveness
DEVDUTT PATTANAIK

The two ideas of justice and forgiveness may shape our understanding of conflicts, but Hinduism, which is based on Karma, is more complex. Whenever we are deeply hurt, a question comes to our mind: do we seek justice through retribution, or do we let go? Justice and forgiveness are two concepts that really come to us from the Bible. In the Judeo Christian-Islamic framework based on Abrahamic mythology, God is the judge. The Old Testament speaks of ‘an eye for an eye’, which is about justice and vengeance. The New Testament speaks about ‘turning the other cheek’ if slapped on one, which basically refers to forgiveness. These two ideas shape our global understanding of any conflict.

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May 2020