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What is Sin? || Acharya Prashant, on Vivekachudamani and Bible (2018)

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Acharya Prashant: Nimisha has quoted Vivekachudamani:

A teacher is one, who is well versed in the scriptures, pure, unaffiliated by desire, a perfect knower of the supreme, who continuously abides in the supreme, who is as calm as the fire that has burnt-up its fuel, who is a spontaneous ocean of mercy that needs no cause for its expression, an intimate friend to all good people, who surrender to him.

~ Vivekachudamani (Verse 33)

So, she is asking what it means to be sinless?

In the Bible it is said that man was born from the original sin that stemmed from Adam and Eve, in the garden of Eden The Lord Jesus Christ had all the above mentioned qualities and died on the cross, to redeem a man of him. Yet the world is mired in sin and suffering like never before.

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Acharya Prashant: Attention wipes your sins away

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Question: How is the karma of the past linked to my current state of mind?

Acharya Prashant: What you call as your current state of mind is always a friction, a conflict, a tug-of-war, between two opposing forces. One is the ‘force of the past’, one is the ‘force of conditioning’, and the other is ‘the call of peace’. The call of the untouched, the call of the core.

What we call as the mind is nothing but a sandwich between these two. But it is not a normal sandwich, it is not a normal conflict, it is a conflict between two parties in which the first party is the first party, and also the power provider to the second party.

Are you getting it?

So, there is that which you can call as the core, and then there is that which you can call as conditioning, or illusion, or Maya. What is happening in the mind? A tussle between the call of the core, and the lure of the Maya. But in this, we will remember that Maya is not really a power opposing the core, because Maya itself is being powered by the core. So, two parties are in conflict. Yes, there is a tussle, yes, there is a tug-of-war. But, it is a special conflict in which one party is powering the opposite party as well; that’s why it is called ‘Leela’. I want to have a good time, so you know, I am powering the other party.

Sometimes, it happens, when you are very playful. Let’s say you want to have a race, a sprint, with someone, who can’t run too fast. So, what do you do? You run slow, or you give him a lead. You say, alright, I will cover 100 meters and you have to cover only 60 meters. So, you are powering the other party, because you want to just have a little bit of fun. That kind of a war it is. But nevertheless, it is a war, and the mind is a battleground.

When you say, ‘Is my state of mind, a result of my karma, my past?’ Yes, it is.

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Man stabs in the back

And man have such great systems of morality and yet man is a ‘Mass-murderer.’

Man has caused thousands of species to get extinct and they will never come back.

Is that not surprising? Except the child of man, nothing is told right and wrong and yet it is the man who seems to be the worst offender of all.

The dog knows Love. In spite of never have been taught anything about Love

And Man is continuously been taught Love and Man does not know Love.

Man stabs in the back. No, dogs stabs in the back

and man has given ample lessons in Loyalty and Fidelity.

Nothing in existence makes itself up.

Man wants to do a lot and in doing a lot he only degrades himself.

That which is central that which is really important is beyond right and wrong.

To live in your essential nature is only right. And this is a secret that entire existence knows.

The only right is to be aware of ‘your’ nature and live in it.

Live by it and die by it.

If the cost is death, pay the price.

You need not tell somebody that it is right to be free.

That which is really important is already known to us, rest need not be taught.

Remember that, the only right is to be aware of ‘your’ nature and Live in it.

The only wrong is to have an ‘artificial personality.’



Read the complete article: Acharya Prashant: How to know what is right and what is wrong?


 

Acharya Prashant: How to know what is right and what is wrong?

Listener: Who discretes ‘what is wrong’ and ‘what is right?’ People have a different perception of what is right and something is better.

Acharya Prashant: Right. Very good. What is your name?

L: Apoorva.

AP: Sit, Apoorva. Apoorva it is very good that you are questioning a deep assumption. The assumption of morality that ‘what is right’ and ‘what is wrong?’ You have gone many steps ahead but still, you stopped, you are not completing the journey. You must not only ask, “Acharya Ji, who decides what is right and what is wrong? You can go a step ahead, a step further and ask, “Whether there anything right and anything wrong?” You still have belief that there is something ‘right’ and there is something ‘wrong,’ right?

You are believing in that, right? I am asking you, “Why must you believe in that?” You have limited your question. You are saying that there is something ‘right’ and something ‘wrong’ but who will decide that? Your question is limited to this part that who will decide that ‘what is right’ and ‘what is wrong.’ I’m saying broaden your question take one more step. Ask, whether there anything called ‘right‘ and ‘wrong?’ Can you ask this question? Do you want me to broaden it?

L: Yes, Acharya Ji.

AP: Alright! What is right, what is wrong? You were born and if these things were not given to you, would there be a problem with the living? Would you not able to breathe? Would the essentials of life be lost to you? How would a man be a lesser being if there is nothing called right and wrong in his vocabulary, tell me?

There is beautiful grass outside. It does not know any right and wrong, and it’s still Beautiful. It is not depressed. It does not have any diabetes or heart attack and it is not sining either the clouds, the animals, the rivers. They have no sense of right and wrong and yet they are very grounded beings. You do not see any animal raping any other animal. You do not see ethnic cleaning in jungles. You do not see that one animal was so violent that it caused any other species to go extinct.

Do you see all this?

You do not see organized wars amongst trees. Now, they don’t have sense of right and wrong and yet they are alright.

And man have such great systems of morality and yet man is a ‘Mass-murderer.’

Man has caused thousands of species to get extinct and they will never come back.

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Limitation itself is the sin

Who are we?

Limited beings with their limited desires, limited scope, limited understanding, limited vision.

The limitation itself is the sin.

 

A Jesus is there to help you get rid of your incompleteness.

But instead of thanking Jesus and living by his word, you choose to crucify him.

Remember the crucifixion.

Because if you forget the crucifixion, you’ll also forget your immediate reality.

The immediate reality is important.

 

One must know where one is standing.

Where one ought to be, or where one must reach comes later. And man does not stand at the perfect spot.

 

The one who is lost must know that he is lost. If he starts believing that he is home, then he will remain forever lost.

 

Only the healthy one has the right to say that he is healthy.

Only a Jesus has the right to say that he is the son of God.

 

Where there is ego, there is bound to be fear.

 

Fifty types of fears just pop up.

Fear is going to be there, choose your type.

Which fear do you prefer?

 

The superficial desire is actually a product of the deep desire. But the irony is such that the superficial desire, though arising from the deep desire, actually works against the deep desire. 

 

The ego is always God loving at the core, and it is great when at the core the ego is God loving and on the surface the ego is God fearing.

 

Be a lover of God in your heart, but your mind must always be afraid of God.

 

One must be afraid of himself.

Being God-fearing means being fearful of oneself, and being fearful of losing God.

 

One must be very very alert to these tendencies;

One must be very very watchful.



Read the complete article: On Jesus Christ: Lover at heart; disciple from mind

On Jesus Christ: Lover at heart; disciple from mind

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The fear of the Lord adds length to life

but the years of the wicked are cut short.

BIBLE (PROVERBS 10:27)

Acharya Prashant:

“The fear of the Lord adds length to life but the years of the wicked are cut short.”

BIBLE (PROVERBS 10:27)

Nimisha has quoted from the bible “The fear of the Lord adds length to life but the years of the wicked are cut short”.

Then she says:

Dear Acharya Ji Pranam, having studied in a convent school, I was exposed daily to the teachings of Lord Jesus and stories from the Bible from a very young age. It didn’t take me long to fall in love with the Christ. His warm compassionate gaze and loving demeanor were so comforting. However, one thing that tainted this was the continual reminder that we are all out of sin and need to repent and fear God as well as feel guilty about Christ’s crucifixion. That we are incomplete and need him to redeem us. Something within me rejects this theory of incompleteness. Why do we need to fear the Lord? Why can’t we love him unabashedly?

Thank you.

Nimisha you’ve written that something within you rejects this theory of incompleteness. Look into this statement carefully. Something within you rejects this theory of incompleteness that something, as you say, is within you that something is not the whole of you as you are. That something might be your heart, might be your core, but you are not always and fully abiding as the heart, as the core. Otherwise you would have written ‘I reject this theory of incompleteness’. No, you don’t fully reject it, and that is why this incompleteness is something that we must not turn our backs to. This incompleteness is not something to be swept under the carpet. This incompleteness has to be talked about. It has to be addressed. It has to be healed. We are strongly identified with the ego, with the incompleteness. We live as that.

When you say that in the convent school there were continuous reminders that man is born out of sin and needs to repent, and fear God and feel guilty, it is very much all right. The assertion is well placed. The one who is being referred to is indeed born out of sin.

Who are we?

Limited beings with their limited desires, limited scope, limited understanding, limited vision.

The limitation itself is the sin.

And man is born limited. Would you deny that? Man is born limited, the limitation itself is the sin. Christianity asks man to repent. The word repent is quite subtle with meaning. It means to go back, to return to home. As man is born, man is born as a wanderer, as a homeless recluse.

Somebody who has a continuous thirst to return to the home. But the thirst finds expression in a million ways except the direct way. And that is why repentance is very useful as a tool because it helps man remember that he is indeed incomplete as he is.

There is no point talking of completeness as an abstraction. There is no point talking of completeness as a concept and believing in it. Look at mankind, look at the daily life of man. Do we live in a sense of fulfillment? Every sense, every feeling, every thought that we have is a thought of incompleteness. We want more, and we want to get rid of stuff that we do not want.

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Let the mind live in facts, let the mind live by faith

Question: Look at the facts of your life, then to let the mind be as it is. How?

Acharya Prashant: There is no contradiction between these two things. Looking up the facts, living in facts is simple and obvious. One lives in experiences, and every experience is a fact. So, living in fact is not something special. You are already living in facts, because you live in experiences. That’s what you call ordinary living as.

“This is just happening”, and how do you call something as happening? You call something as happening only when you register the happening. And to register it, is to experience it. So, living in facts does not mean that you have to go and explore the facts. The facts are already there and you know. And you know – you know by the virtue of experience, just honestly admit that you know the facts.

You do not feel alright in the company of a particular person, now do you really have to investigate anything here? You do not feel alright but for reasons of proprietary, or beautiful-ness, or righteousness, you do not allow yourself to acknowledge that you have not been feeling alright with this person. Even that thought is considered a taboo.

“How can I say that I dislike my religious scripture? How can I say that?”

The fact is, had you liked it, you would have read it at least once. You haven’t ever read it, read it fully, at least. Of course, your excuse is that one day you will read it. And we very well know that that day, you will ensure never comes.

To live in the facts, is to acknowledge what is going on. And when you really acknowledge what is going on, then spontaneous action happens. Now, you cannot hide. Now, you have acknowledged; you have admitted. Now, that you have admitted, you will have to act.

It is to avoid right action, and the perceived consequences of right action, that we suppress the fact.

The final arbitrator is peace – the final Judge.

If you are peaceful, then whatever you are doing is right.

It does not matter what you are doing.

And if you are not, then it doesn’t matter what you are doing, it’s hollow, fake and useless. You might be leading the most proper life, the most sanctimonious life, most disciplined, orderly and agreeable life, but if you are not peaceful, then that life is not for you – quit it. 

No means is bigger than the end. 

Peace is the beginning and the end.

One only needs to be sensitive enough to ask, “Am I alright? Am I alright?”

And usually, if you need to ask this question, then you are not. When you are really alright, this question won’t arise. If you are not alright, you don’t need to fake; say you are not, that is called faith – the ability to accept the worst of situations.

You can accept the worst of situations only when you know that you are bigger than those situations. Only when you know that those situations cannot really belittle you. You can accept the worst of so called mistakes that you might have committed, only when you know that no mistake can really stain you. No mistake is an unpardonable crime. Now you can manfully say, “Yes, of course, it’s bad. It’s bad in here.” (pointing towards the head, implying the mind) Without worrying that you are sounding like a fool, without worrying that you are not fulfilling your own expectations without worrying that your self-image is being sullied.

You know, In India, till a few decades back, many people, especially women would die rather than visit a gynecologist. They would not want to admit the fact that they have, let’s say, a sexually transmitted disease. They would keep suffering in private, but never own up the fact; such are we.

“How can I go and admit to anybody, even the doctor that I am suffering from an unspeakable disease?”

The fact is, the disease came from outside. Mostly, you have no role or responsibility in that. But yet, you have such lofty ideals — You are God’s ambassadors to bring morality to earth. How can God’s angels visit a gynecologist? (Sarcastically)

Can’t eat; can’t sit; can’t walk; can’t sleep – but won’t admit! They too, would often seek spiritual relief. It doesn’t work. (SmilesIndirect solutions are mere escapes. Few things need direct affirmations, a direct confrontation. If it displeases you or if it displeases a few other people – so be it.

Shame and guilt are the two principle drivers of our religiosity. Remove the concept of sin and see how much of this religious structure remains. Free the mind of man from the notion that he is a sinner and then see what happens to religion. Of course, nothing would happen to the Truth, but religion will crumble. And such religion must necessarily crumble. It feeds on our sense of inferiority; it feeds on our sense of guilt; it rules us by declaring us sinners.

Spirituality begins with the realization that You are beyond all sins.
You can never be a sinner – that is the beginning of spirituality.

You are already alright and perfect – without being firmly seated in this realization – how can you even begin? But if you are coming to spirituality for self-improvement or self-correction or to absolve yourself of guilt, then you are coming just from the wrong position. You are coming from a point of un-fulfilment and what comes from a point of un-fulfilment will never reach beyond un-fulfilment.

Listener 2: Sir, are you suggesting that the failure of the ego is acceptable as compared to success of the mind?

AP: How are you differentiating between the two?

L2: Ego is the body and…

AP: Ego is your sense of who you are. Mind is the whole field around that sense, around that center of who you are. Now, re-ask.

The field depends on the center, right? The mind depends on the ego; the mind is the entire universe. The universe is centered in you; you are the ego. Depending on who you are the universe keeps changing – that’s the relation between the mind and ego.

I repeat, the mind is the field of the ego. The mind is the entire expanse, of which the ego is the center, not the proper center, mind you! And hence, the mind would never be settled, unless it reaches the proper center.

With the ego as the center, the mind remains turbulent. With the Self as the center, with the Truth as the center, with peace as the center, the mind just dissolves in the center.


Excerpts from a ‘Shabd-Yoga’ session. Edited for clarity.

Watch the session: Let the mind live in facts, let the mind live by faith


Further Reading:

Fear

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Acharya Prashant, the author, elucidates questions like these in the simplest possible way, ushering the reader into the fearless zone which mankind has been seeking since millennia.

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