Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

"If you want to sin, sin wholeheartedly and openly. Sins too have their lessons to teach the earnest sinner, as virtues the earnest saint. It is the mixing up of the two that is so disastrous. Nothing can block you so effectively as compromise, for it shows lack of earnestness, without which nothing can be done." -  Sri Nisargadatta Maharj   **** *  *

Since everything is but an apparition, having nothing to do with good or bad, acceptance or rejection, one may well burst out in laughter. 


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Vikram Madan said...

Fritjof Capra's book, 'The Tao of Physics' deals with the parallels between physics and eastern mysticism.

One of the chapters is hard core nondual philosophy. Named 'Beyond the World of Opposites'.

The central idea being - Opposing qualities like sin/virtue, good/evil, day/night, light/dark are nothing but extremes poles of the same continuum.

He writes:

"In our normal state of consciousness, this unity of opposites is extremely hard to accept...

But when mystics transcend this realm of intellectual concepts, they become aware of the relativity and polar relationship of all opposites. They realise that pleasure and pain, life and death, sadness and joy are not absolute experiences belonging to different categories, but are merely two sides of the same reality. Extreme parts of a single whole."

The hard core non dualist would say - all differences between the above mentioned extreme poles - is just MAYA.

If we look at extremes on the basis of the effects they have on us:

If we stare at the sun too long, our eyes will stop functioning. We will be unable to see the surroundings.

Which is the same as walking into a room which is pitch black. Dark.

The quality named darkness is built into the quality named light. And vice versa.

The quality named sin is built into the quality named virtue. And vice versa.

Transcendence of evil/sin would be the same as transcendence of good/virtue.

Vikram Madan said...

Just wanted to add that my previous comment is only theory.

And I am not too fond of approaches that can be used to suggest that the difference between 'good' and 'evil' is only MAYA.