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This post is written as an entry to the challenge topic “Seven Deadly Sins”.
Born in tech-savvy age and not-so-religious society, I was never drawn to Religion and God. In Fact being scientific and rational and unorthodox and all that, I believed in Atheism until I was 16 years old when I entered into the world of my beloved Guru, Paramhansa Yogananda through the book Autobiography of a Yogi. At most what I knew, like most of young generation of today, of Bible or even Bhagwat Gita (nearer to home) was that they are some scriptures of old age related to religion. Of Course they are worthwhile of more attention. Truth cannot die and they hold as much as importance today as they did centuries ago. How a rebellious, staunchly scientific mind like mine came to believe in teachings of Bible, I cannot tell, I can only suggest that you read the aforementioned book and see your conceptions shaken. The seven deadly sins, “There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: (1) haughty eyes, (2) a lying tongue, (3) hands that shed innocent blood, (4) a heart that devises wicked schemes, (5) feet that are quick to rush into evil, (6) a false witness who pours out lies, and (7) a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.” , like every second thing of scriptures are frequently misinterpreted.
Haughty eyes refer to pride. That does not mean it is a sin if you are feeling good over something you’ve achieved. You should certainly celebrate it. You are a child of God and He has given you the capability to achieve anything. Your victory is His victory. Sin is when you start disassociating yourself from the source, when you start thinking that only you are behind your success and no one else is as capable as you. Now this has a numerous examples to draw from daily life. People are proud of their looks, (in fact some are mad after them) intelligence, riches etc. Even if you do not agree with me that a God exists (so no terror of facing the consequences of sins), you must be intelligent or observant enough to understand that Ego destroys your relationships and thus your happiness.
A lying tongue does not only mean that you should not tell lies but you shouldn’t do anything that is based on falsehood. Like running a cheat –business, you may get fat money but really the pains you shall suffer aren’t worth that money. By pains I’m meaning a very practical point, no hellfire or something like that, but losing your own peace of mind and happiness. Think over it- Every action of every human being is directed at achieving happiness or eradicating pain.
Flattery, the other very common aspect of lying, is also harmful. You may get a promotion or a girlfriend by it, but it’ll soon meet a bitter end. The person whom you flatter doesn’t care a buck for you, he cares for his inflated ego, and he may as well cause you a loss when time comes. And if he is a wise person, you’ll lose a true friend forever.
The next one, “hands that shed innocent blood” is most misunderstood one. Yes, it does mean that you should not practice violence but by violence it means thoughts of harming or killing a living creature. Action springs from thoughts. You should be able to control your thoughts. Most commonly, violent thoughts arise from anger, jealousy and resentment. So get away with all negative thoughts. Again you see how very vital this is to your own happiness. Of course this all is not so easy in today’s world, but it has never been more important to do this. You are desperately in need of joy and the world is desperately trying to bog you down to stress and worries.
One difficulty that people face, I do too sometimes, when they try to be peaceful and control their anger is that it is not ‘COOL’. If someone insults you and you get away from there silently, you are a failure. Are you? If you get away from there cursing inside you definitely are. The whole point is to remove the negative feelings, to control emotions. The outward display doesn’t matter. The primary concern is your happiness and you do it a good damage if you have feelings of either revenge or inferiority. What you do after having those feelings doesn’t matter. Yes, unless being cool is more important than your happiness.
The remaining ones can be said to simply referring to avoid Evil. Evil is anything that is detrimental to your happiness. This may be interpreted in several wrong ways. For example, you may kill your boss as he is most detrimental to your happiness (haha) but as I said before, the pains you shall take are not worth the suffering you shall reap.
PS : “ Seek ye first the Kingdom of God…..and all things shall be added unto you”
By the way, I read somewhere that the number 7 is special to God. The Earth is said to be created in 7 days. The seventh day of the week (Sabbath) is meant to be reserved for God and in some language seven means ‘to be complete’.
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