To sin or not to sin ?
In the ‘corporate context’ – to tell a lie, to expose or….to hide the truth, in the interest of the company’s business.
A decision sometimes, very very…… difficult to make !!
More so, when we find it difficult even to define ( in a universally accepted definition) what is a sin and what it is not or….. for that matter……what is……a virtue.
This reminds me of that very old Hindi film song from “Chitralekha” :
“ये पाप है क्या और पुन्य है क्या
रीतौ पर धरम की मोहरें हैं….!!”
( Sin and virtue are nothing but rituals and traditions stamped ‘so’ by the religions.)
But then this seems to be rather chaotic, foot-loose and misleading.
Creating Creation, by the Creator, then becomes….. meaningless.
All major religions are based on one common thing – death is not the end, the story continues even after death.
Some say, you go to your next birth ( yoni ) according to your Karma and some say, there is going to be a ‘Day of Judgement’ when we all have to account for our sins or ‘deeds’.
So, the common thing among all religions is – we ARE accountable for our deeds.
This then, leads us to a very interesting question :
In the battle of Mahabharat, when Arjun refuses to fight and kill his elders & dear ones, Lord Krishna, very clearly….motivates Arjun to do so.
Was Lord Krishna motivating / instigating Arjun……to sin ?
Lord Krishna himself has clarified :
” get out of this vicious circle of sin and virtue, so that your ‘doings’ become activity of your body only and only an activity. Your activities should not become your Karma…..”.
There is a very clear distinction here, between the “doings” and ‘Karma’.
Long back, Lord Krishna stopped ‘doing’ so called “punya” ( virtuous deeds ) and “papa” (sins ) and by doing ‘actions only’ stopped doing Karma !!
Once while I was having a small casual talk over a cup of tea, with one of my colleagues, he remarked that he was taking the next day off because he wanted to visit the office of an NGO – a charity organisation. And I casually asked him :
“Oh, so you have joined an NGO ? great !!”
And he said :
“No, no I just want to visit them and inquire how they have spent the ‘X amount’ which I donated to them last week.”
This is very interesting. Here money has definitely changed pockets, but….. has it been…..donated ? Where is the ‘donation’ part ?
My colleague ( although I did not tell him so ) was still very much attached to that amount.
Isn’t it true with all of us ?
We all want to get rid of our so called sins. We simply want to flush our “bad deeds” down the drain.
But whenever we donate even 10 bucks, we mentally do look skywards hoping that the God’s office is not having a lunch time or tea break.
And Karma is a package deal. “Good deeds” bring the “bad deeds” into play.
So called “Sinning” is not problem-oriented or dangerous. It is obvious and every one wants to get rid of it.
So called “virtuosity” and the connected… LUST… of reward/ compensation/ appreciation is, the real chasm. Heaven and Hell are both misleading. One leads to the other.
Hence, smart thing would be to flush down your so called good deeds and they ( good deeds ) will be so nice…. so…..”good”, that they shall take all your so called ‘bad deeds’ along…… down the drain.
Therefore,O dear professional ( Arjun ) get up and simply do your duty the “doing”, nothing less nothing more – follow the Boss because……the Boss is always right !!
This is yours truly,
‘religiously’ religion-less and ‘religion-less-ly religious’ –