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Ramana Maharshi about What is right and What is wrong
« on: March 17, 2010, 12:56:11 PM »
Q: If it is a question of doing something one considers wrong, and thereby saving someone else from a great wrong, should one do it or refrain?

Bhagavan: What is right and wrong? There is no standard by which to judge something to be right another to be wrong. Opinions differ according to the nature of the individual and according to the surroundings. They are again ideas and nothing more. Do not worry about them. But get rid of thoughts. If you always remain in the right, then right will prevail in the world.

When asked for further elucidation Sri Bhagavan then pointed out that to see wrong in another is one's own wrong. The discrimination between right and wrong is the origin of sin. One's own sin is reflected outside and the individual in ignorance superimposes it on another. The best course for one is to reach the state in which such discrimination does not arise. Do you see wrong or right in your sleep? Be asleep even in the wakeful state, abide as the Self and remain uncontaminated by what goes on around. Moreover, however much you might advise them, your hearers may not rectify themselves. Be in the right yourself and remain silent. Your silence will have more effect than your words or deeds.

Sources:

1) The Teachings of Ramana Maharshi edited by Arthur Osborne
2) http://www.arunachala.org/newsletters/2001/?pg=jul-aug


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Re: Ramana Maharshi about What is right and What is wrong
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2010, 10:22:29 AM »
Yes,  Killing enemy soldiers by your soldier is not a murder.  But if one civilian kills
another, it is a murder and he is punished. Marrying so many wives by a king is a
symbol of his kingship.  But not for a brahmin.  Saving rice for the monsoon season
is natural for an agriculturist.  But a brahmin should never save food for the next day.
Everyday, he should take alms and eat.  There is no standards on these.  They
are all relatives.

Arunachala Siva.