I don’t like the word Sin. It is much rooted in the acting of people. It has become a burden. Even when you think you are free of sins, you take a stand that is based on your education. And this in a non-stop pattern. Most of the idea’s we get as an imprint in our childhood are often centuries old. They are told and learned as part of a longer cultural and family-tradtion. Yes its oftentimes part of the religious believe-system our society is build upon. But its beyond that, also nonreligious families have their moral patterns. Somehow they all share the good and bad principal. You are no good and can become better
Its part of your identification. No doubt about it. Even in the world of spirituality I often notice it. Be more open to your feelings, be kind to your environment, live healthy, love your neighbors, help your country, feed the needy and the poor, watch over your body. When you make your first ‘spiritual ‘steps you enter a land full of possibilities to become a better person.
You always need to change to fit in. So you shape your life into several new believe-systems and daily customs. This will make you feel comfortable and excepted. Oh and even then again you can do courses to get rid of your new believe-systems: find your own way, be more like yourself. Be happy.
Still we act like being a non-perfect person, trying to become a better one. And preferably a prefect one. Oh yes, self-realisation is often called similar to being a perfect person. I remember even my teacher* was told by some of his pupils that he had to work on his character. Yeah, no kidding.
Acknowledge that you live in Ignorance
If there is really something you have to do, oh I hate to say you ‘have to do things ‘, is that you acknowledge that you live in ignorance, not sin. Ignorance IS the only sin. So if you want to know ‘who am I ‘, just realise that you have lived in ignorance longer than your family tree can show. Now you are ready to become awake. Now you want to open your eyes and see. Its your birth-right.
At the same time, realise that you more or less will always divide your life in good and bad. You always want to stand on the good platform to take the right train to the desired destination. It is part of the way you think. You are not so good, not so bright and now you become better or even divine. Well, not divine you will say, because our teachers are holy and no way you can equal your new chosen priest or minister. That is also a joke. By watching your teacher, by listening to him: you are him . You are being him at that very moment! So becoming like him or her is again part of our inborn idea of being not so good.
Most pleasures are allowed when we give it a meaning
Let me tell you a nice little simple contemporary story about guilt and sin. I heard a few families shared a wonderful holliday-retreat. It’s amazing to be there: nature is inviting to long walks. They agreed upon the fact to have no satelite-tv and a computer with internet-connection in the house. I was surprised: such a wonderful house, so many people enjoying it and no tv or computer. Why’s that? It’s not that it is hard to make it possible. Every house nearby has tv and internet. The reason is that the friends were afraid finding themselves in front of the TV or surfing the internet instead of hiking and reading books.
Basically often the more we enjoy possible addictive but simple things in Life the more we condemn them. Watching tv or surfing the internet, eating fat, sugar, sex, alcohol, reading comic books, visiting a theme park, shopping: we love it and hate it because deep down we are told to become a good person and a good person is not addicted to his pleasures. Most pleasures are allowed when we give it a meaning: we educate ourself, we learn, we make cultural day-trips: we become a better person. It is tv-chef Anthony Bourdain, traveling around the world that always shows how much we enjoy fatty porg-meat over everything else. And he is right. Deep down we do know.
Don’t forget to put a good novel with you in your backpack!
We all have our imprint of sins. A century ago we were told not to play cards, it’s from the devil. Ladies were not allowed to run: it was not good for them. Oh, and reading? No way, not too long: it would make you lazy and not suited for work when you were of the working class.
Now I often hear: I just watch the evening news on tv, I just check my mail on the PC. No way that I use my tv or PC often. I am way to busy with other outdoor activities like jogging to become healthier. I have to lose weight, I have to become more understanding to my partner, my kids, I have to be this, I have to be that. We are very much busy becoming a better person out of sin.
In fact, we love to watch ‘stupid ‘ tv-series. My teacher* often started his Satsang by sharing his television-experience. He loved movies with Louis de Funes or good soccer-matches. He just had fun with all the modern technology. His house was full with cables pointing to all kind of modern media. He loved it.
You like to watch television, zapping a few hundred stations? Go for it. Want a PC with online-games, an X-box, a Samsung galaxy phone? Having fun with it? Then buy it if you can. Then go for a walk. Turn of your tv and internet first, switch of your phone, forget about twitter and Facebook and enjoy a good hike. Don’t forget to put a good novel with you in your backpack!