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Even a spiritual devotee is unable to control the influence of sin even on his mind. What is the reason?


Swami Replied: The Gita says the same point that the mind associated with senses attracts the mind of even a great spiritual scholar (vidhvaamsamapikarshati). The reason told in the Gita is that the mind, which is associated with senses is inter-related with the external atmosphere. More than this parameter, the most powerful factor is the influence of previous solidified psychological setup. Infact, a sin done mentally is not given any practical punishment because no other soul is practically affected by mental sin. The mental sin is not expressed even in words, which may hurt the other soul. The sin done in mind is punished in the hell by a warning given to the soul along with the related spiritual knowledge. When the same sin is expressed in words, the punishment to the sinner is also given by similar cruel words. For example, Sita spoke very cruel words to Lakshmana that he is following her to the forest with ill intention to marry her. Such words were spoken in the context when Rama went after the golden deer and Lakshmana was not willing to go to save Rama. Lakshmana was such a pure soul that he could not identify any jewel of Sita except the anklets since he was prostrating everyday to her feet only. Rama punished Sita at the end of the war by speaking very cruel words like telling her that she is free to marry Bharata or Vibhishana. By such cruel words, the sin was not completely neutralized since Lakshmana was the greatest devotee to the Lord. The balance punishment was given by Rama to Sita through cruel words of the washerman and by leaving her in the forest. The extent of this punishment shows the love of God towards His purest devotee.

 Without knowing all this background, people mistake Rama for all these actions. Rama is God in human form and God never becomes such sadist. An ordinary human being may doubt the character of his wife and may speak such bad words. But, Rama is omniscient and will never use such bad words because He knows that Sita was very pure in her character. The reason for such cruel words was different as explained above. The sin done through words may require practical punishment also in some cases (like the highest level of devoted Lakshmana). The other souls are sometimes severely affected by words also. Certainly, the sin done through action will have the punishment in action only. The main concept here is that the mental sin hidden in the mind will not get any practical punishment because the other soul is not affected by such mental sin.

But, there is another angle in the case of mental sin. Though it does not affect anybody else due to its inexpression, it has a very dangerous angle. The mental sin will lead to practical sin in course of time because theory is the mother of practice. Therefore, it is better to arrest this mental sin also through right spiritual knowledge from the point of this alternative serious angle.


 

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