Prophet Jeremiah had more to say about repentance than any other prophet in the Books of The Old Testament. The idea of repentance is well expressed in different cultures but the interpretation of its consequences is not the same. In the Land of India, the idea of repentance is not used to seek remission of sins. In Sanskrit language, the word repentance is described as “Pashchath Tapa”; it is the feeling of sorrow or grief for inflicting pain, or causing an injury, or an insult. Indian thinkers have described repentance as mental catharsis. It is a process that can bring about changed conduct. Through repentance man changes his thoughts, his desires, his habits, and his actions. India is described as the Land of Karma and man is expected to experience the taste of the fruit of his own actions.
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Dr. R. Rudra Narasimham, B.Sc., M.B.B.S.,
Kurnool Medical College, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India,
M.B.B.S., Class of April, 1970.