Say No To Sins, But Not The Sinner
    Published in: The Pioneer
    Category: Hacked BY
    Dated: 5/17/2008
When Czar Alexander of Russia withdrew from the Continental System, Napoleon Bonaparte took it personally and attacked Russia with 6,00,000 men. Russia, which had an army of only 2,00,000 men withdrew, denying Napoleon a battle. Napoleon advanced further to Moscow, but Russians retreated from the capital, leaving it nearly empty of people. Napoleon still waited for Alexander’s submission, but no such offer came. Meanwhile the bitter Russian winter arrived. Napoleon, then, decided to retreat. His soldiers struggled against snowstorms and freezing temperatures. In the process, the French lost 5,00,000 soldiers. After return, Napoleon admitted his mistake.

How many of us admit our mistakes and leave the path of hate and hatred? Not many, I guess. The Bhagavad-Gita has several verses on the subject. “A person who has transcended hate is considered delivered.” Then there is, “That action which is performed without hate is said to be in the mode of goodness.” Also, Sri Krishna says, “A wise person is engaged in the welfare of all.” In short, the Bhagavad-Gita forcefully recommends a balanced approach – not strong likes or dislikes.

Why ? Because hating is an extreme emotion; it is both harmful and sinful. It burns the hater while alive and throws him to hell-fire after death. Hate actually seals one’s fate; it is not possible to escape punishment as god is quite unforgiving on this account. Vindictive people progressively become undesirable by their behaviour. And there is a great possibility that one may be hating an innocent person, having judged him or her wrongly.

There is no gain in hating someone. The offender shall be punished by god in due course; we don’t need to hate anyone. Similarily, we cannot deny someone who deserves something; god will find another medium to bless him. What can anyone give or withhold ? Doesn’t everything belong to God ?

How should one get over this weakness? There is so much to gain by loving, helping and serving others. Also, it takes a great person to forgive others, and such forgiveness brings instant peace of mind. One can dislike a wrong deed, but where is the justification for hating a person? A wise person knows to differentiate between the two. And, finally, why spoil our present or future for a wrong deed done by someone else, if done at all ?

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