[Advaita-l] definition: SIN - Help!
elisabeth-sylvain at sympatico.ca
Fri Jun 9 05:18:07 CDT 2006
MA AnandamayI answered a question :
(translated from Bengali or Hindi to English and French and retranslated
from me for you)
«Q. : Is violence a big sin ?
Mâ : The big sinner is the one who consider his physical body as his real
It seems to me this short answer explain human violence.
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> Swami Chinmayanandaji defined sin as the divergence between mind and
> intellect. Intellect knows what is right and what is wrong based on
> one's education, culture and upbringing. Mind wants to compromise the
> value for convenience. This divergence is a sin, if one goes along with
> mind than with the intellect. One is punished not for the sin but by
> the sin.
> Yoga integrates the mind and intellect by weakening the vAsanas that
> come in between the two. Following ones swadharma - that is whatever
> that one is fully convinced as right (that is one's assimilated value
> system)- will be better than following other person's value system
> (Paradharma). (Interestingly Bhagavaan Ramanuja interprets doing karma
> yoga as swadharma and doing jnaana yoga as paradharma).
> Action becomes good or bad not by action per sec but by the motivation
> or attitude in that action. Iswaaraarpita buddhi makes whatever that
> action is into a prayer. Hence Krishna declaration "what ever you do,
> whatever you eat offer it to me". However, when we are offering, let is
> make sure it is the best that we can offer to the Lord of entire
> universe. Noble actions automatically follow. Noble is those that help
> the others than those that are centered on oneself.
> HaRI om!
> --- smrit <smrit at ig.com.br> wrote:
>> Dear list members,
>> I´d like to know a definition on sin from advaita vedanta point of
>> view, and hinduism in general. And, if its possible some indication of
>> this in books and sites. Some people says that in the Bhagavad GIta,
>> the best word for pataka or papa, or words like that, is not sin, what
>> do you think about that? The problem is to define sin in the bhagavad
>> gita's point of view, seems like sin had two definitions, one is about
>> the bad result of action, and the other side, is a bad action.
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