Indian thinkers have described repentance as mental catharsis. Repentance is an act of purification of the mind. Through repentance man changes his thoughts, his desires, his habits, and his actions.The idea of ‘repent or perish’does not define Indian Identity. Repentance does not remit sins. Repentance can transform an individual and brings about changed conduct.
The Judaeo-Christian and Islamic ideas are shaped by a belief in a ‘Day of Judgement’ when man comes before God’s Great Judgement Seat and gives an account of his actions. In the Land of India, it is the Law of Karma which operates the consequences for one’s own actions. Indian Tradition encourages me to redeem myself for a sin or a debt and it guides me not to desire forgiveness.