In the din and noise of the world, in the midst of sensual pleasures, the mind is led astray.
Temptation forms the ground-work of all sins. Ignorant men yield to temptations and commit sins.
Those who put on the appearance of righteous men are more sinful than the unrighteous. They will have to undergo great miseries.
Sinning and evil have become so much a habit with man that he never feels that he is committing them, even though day and night he is doing so constantly.
Think not lightly of sin. Just as a pot is filled with water by the constant falling of drops of water, even so, the ignorant man fills himself with evil and sin little by little.
HOW SIN ORIGINATES
Sin is an evil deed. Sin is willful violation of the laws of morality and religion. It is transgression of the Law of God.
Vice issues as sins and crimes. Vice is a stain of character. It is a flaw of character. It is a blemish or fault. Vice issues in evil deeds which are called sins.
Anger, lust, sorrow, loss of judgment, an inclination to injure others, unkindness, and fear are very powerful enemies of all creatures. These approach men and tempt them from all sides. They goad and afflict a careless or a foolish man. They attack him powerfully, like a tiger jumping upon its prey. From these originate all sorts of grief and sin.
It is selfishness that prompts a man to do evil acts. A selfish man injures others, robs their property, and does many sinful actions to satisfy his selfishness. Selfishness is the devil incarnate in every man.
It is a sin to be pleased with oneself. By shutting out the possibility of progress, self-inquiry, and introspection, the process of degeneration sets in.
Egoism is the greatest sin. The wrong notion, "I am the body", is the real, original sin. This one thought - the 'I' thought - has wrought all mischiefs. This one thought has multiplied into thousandfold thoughts. This one thought separated man from God. This self-arrogating ego is the real, hereditary sin of human nature. All evil Vrittis are hanging on this little ego.
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Sri Swami Sivananda.