Hinduism Advises to Stay Away from Sinner

In Hinduism, shunning of sinner is advised as sin is thought to be transmittable by physical contact, by thought, and … Continued

In Hinduism, shunning of sinner is advised as sin is thought to be transmittable by physical contact, by thought, and by speech. Association with big sinners (mahapatakasamsarga) is a capital sin (mahapataka), which is difficult to atone for.

Sin is exonerated by purification, knowledge, penance (prayascittas), etc. Evils and sins are collectively known as dosha.

Hinduism instructs to avoid the following: avarice (lobha), jealousy (irsha), envy (matsarya), malice (dvish), fury (krodha), scurrility (durvachana), lust (kamarago), back-biting (parivada), anger (manyu), egoism (asmita), impatience (amarsha), arrogance (mana), sensuality (avirati), gluttony (atyahara), hostility (droha), self-centeredness (mamata), etc.

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  • Garyd

    Good list you could have summed it up with one word Selfishness. If one cannot get beyond the self one will never be free of any sin.

  • Paganplace

    OK! Everyone start shunning… three… two… one…. Go! Phew. What a relief it is to live in a world where religious identity isn’t taken as a shorthand for political policy. Thanks! 🙂

  • Garyd

    Pagan did you ever stop to consider 2 things? 1. Hinduism is the most popular pagan religion in the world.2.Shunning the sinner and sin is what is now and always has been at the heart of the monastic lifestyle regardless of the religion.

  • Ash

    “In Hinduism, shunning of sinner is advised as sin is thought to be transmittable by physical contact, by thought, and by speech.”Could you tell me where I can obtain a reasonably priced sin detector? I’d like one of the newer models that detects thought-crimes as well as the more obvious speech and contact-based sin.Also, please point me to the magic batteries I’ll need to power the detector, as I understand they don’t run on 9-volts or triple-A’s. Or can I just plug them into my chakras?Thanks.

  • Thomas Baum

    I don’t know much about Hinduism but I would guess that you would need a world big enough that everybody could avoid everyone else. Sincerely, Thomas Paul Moses Baum.

  • PaganplaceI mean

    I mean, really, anyone who actually spends their time being monastic, (as opposed to trying to impose political Christianity,) …they have a wonderful way, in the course of their ‘shunning sinners’ of not needing so much as an ‘I’ll see if I can’t just avoid having some lesbian sex while we load up this food.’ to do that kind of thing. Must be the meditation or something. Who knew.

  • Garyd

    If you have to earn heaven you have to be really nice and apparently you aren’t looking in the right places Christians are told after all to do their alms in secret.

  • Terry

    To be honest, this sounds far too much like Christian Science, which was heavily influenced by Eastern beliefs – yes, Mary Baker Eddy tried to tie Hinduism with Christianity and ended up with a supreme aversion to Western Medicine vs ‘spiritual’ healing. The carryover belief was that there was a magical tranference of illness when you associated with either spiritually or physically ill persons. Afflicted humans could be healed with spiritual ‘work’ or intersessional prayer. I’ve seen this tried unsuccessfully. My grandmother was a life-long Christian Scientist and with grime consequences, I’m sorry to say. She allowed a daughter to die of acute peritonitis rather than seek medical treatment. My father never forgave her. Nevertheless, my aunt (her other daughter) was a devoted Christian Scientist all her life. The Buddha no doubt left the Hindu faith based on the inherent corruption of the caste system and the superstition that still pervades the social order in India even today. If there was ever a self-fulfilling mind-set to the degradation of vast multitudes of humans, it would be found in the caste system of India. And yet, Vedanta and the Upanishads are works of great spiritual genius – so perhaps we should look to Zoroaster for truth ….. the battle between the forces of darkness and light is the essence of life. We hope his prediction of victory for the forces of light is correct!!

  • Angela

    GaryD. I am in total agreement with your response.

  • Angela

    Rajan,Which one of your 1000 Gods told you this is the way you are to live. You commit a horrific sin when you break the commandments and the second is just as important: “You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them or serve them; for I The Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate Me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love Me and keep My Commandments. HINDUISM: A MAN MADE RELIGION!

  • Shelley

    I liked what Dawkins said when he was asked if he thought that man made religions.He said if it wasn’t a man,it must have been a woman.

  • A. Stone

    Hinduism encourages followers to stay away from sinners…especially BIG sinners, but then extols the virtues of forgiveness. Where is the need for forgiveness when sin is avoided in personal relationships and in self conduct? Or is sin to be interpreted as inherent within all as in Christian doctrine? If so, then forgiveness of self comes first, and those who are deemed greater sinners are to be avoided? From where does the genesis of sin originate and what stands apart from this origin and declares it knows sin as opposed to virtue?

  • Baba Ganesh

    So would someone who believes that a person is defined by the househould in which they are born be a sinner? If so, wouldn’t all Hindu’s be sinners because they believe in the caste system and refuse to shun it?

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  • Embrace Hinduism

    Dear Mr. Zed,Further I have created a website on embracing and promoting hinduism, i.e. http://www.jalandhar.co.in and hope you will have a look and guide me furtherembrace.hinduism@gmail.com

  • Embrace Hinduism

    Dear Mr. Zed,Further I have created a website on embracing and promoting hinduism, i.e. http://www.jalandhar.co.in and hope you will have a look and guide me furtherembrace.hinduism@gmail.com

  • Embrace Hinduism

    Dear Mr. Zed,Further I have created a website on embracing and promoting hinduism, i.e. http://www.jalandhar.co.in and hope you will have a look and guide me furtherembrace.hinduism@gmail.com