sin and virtue

Q: What is right and what is wrong varies with habit and custom.  Standards vary with societies.

Discard all traditional standards.  Leave them to the hypocrites.  Only what liberates you from desire and fear and wrong ideas is good.  As long as you worry about sin and virtue you will have no peace.

Sin and virtue refer to a person only.  Without a sinful or virtuous person what is sin or virtue?  At the level of the absolute there are no persons; the ocean of pure awareness is neither virtuous nor sinful.  Sin and virtue are invariably relative.

(You will know you are beyond sin and virtue) by being free from all desire and fear, from the very idea of being a person.  To nourish the ideas: “I am a sinner,” “I am not a sinner,” is sin.  To identify oneself with the particular is all the sin there is.  The impersonal is real, the personal appears and disappears.  “I am” is the impersonal Being.  I am this is the person.  The person is relative and the pure Being – fundamental.

True virtue is divine nature (swarupa).  What you are really is your virtue.  But the opposite of sin which you call virtue is only obedience born out of fear.

Sri Nisargadatta

from Who Am I? in I Am That


7 thoughts on “sin and virtue

  1. Beautiful Dharma! What is left to say actually… except thank you for this that speaks so clearly, both the quote and the symbolism of your Buddha figure dissolving…

    Bows ///

  2. No worries, ZDS! It’s my favourite too. No idea how it happened, of course…

    Yes, there is a lot of energy in the enso and I hadn’t thought of buddha94 dissolving but it is!

    This was an interesting week of exploring the Shadow side of practice, wasn’t it?

    Have a safe Labour Day weekend!

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