Carlos Santana has forgiven the man who abused him sexually as a child.

Reflecting on his early tragedy, the Mexican-American rocker revealed that his path to peace and acceptance has been “really spiritual.”

“I learned to look at everyone who ever went out of their way to hurt me, demean me, or make me feel less, like they are 5 or 6 years old, and I am able to look at them with understanding and compassion,” he told People in a Thursday interview.

“For example, instead of sending this person who sexually abused me to hell forever, I visualized him as a child, with a lot of light behind him,” he added.

“So I can either send him to the light or to hell, knowing that if I send him to hell, I will go with him.” But if I send him to the light, I am going to join him.”

The rock legend stated that he learnt to let go of the “pain” of his early tragedy.

“If you open your hands and let it go, you do not feel that anymore,” he explained to People.

Santana, 75, went on to say that changing his perspective prompted him to forgive his abuser.

“There is a phrase that goes, ‘Hurt people hurt people.’ It is my sorrow. It happened to me. But if you open your hands and let it go, you do not feel it anymore,” he explained.

Santana’s disclosure comes just days before the release of his new documentary, “Carlos,” at the Tribeca Film Festival, which will provide more insight into his life and renowned music career.

Between the ages of 10 and 12, he claims he was sexually molested “almost every day.”

He told Rolling Stone that between the ages of 10 and 12, he was abused “almost every day” by an American man who would cross the border and bring him gifts. It ended when Santana fell in love with a girl and his attacker became envious.

“I saw him for who he was for the first time: a very sick person,” he stated at the time.

“You want to scold yourself for not knowing better. The mind has a sneaky way of making you feel bad: “You are the guilty party, shame on you, you brought this on yourself.”

“You want to be angry at yourself for not knowing better,” he told the publication.

In 2014, Santana revealed to the Guardian that his abuser was a tourist who had become acquainted with his parents.

He remembers his mother confronting him in front of his brothers about the abuse, which he said hung on him for years.

“I was the victim, but they were hearing that I was the cause,” he explained. “That stayed with me for a long time – that she did not have the compassion to say, ‘I am sorry I did not read the signs.'”


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