Defeating corruption

Hinduism, with its eternal focus on righteousness, the rich guidance it has continuously received from the self-realized, and the disciplined lifestyle that it supports, is the most equipped among world religions for combating corruption [1]. For individuals who wish to change, the scriptures that Hindus typically read everyday can provide sufficient self-help for developing rajasic and sattvic traits. For those who can no longer get on track on their own, Hinduism offers satsang, one’s ultimate hope for change.

What blocks the transformation of the corrupt people among us? Do they believe in God’s authority [2]? It appears that many of them would answer the second question in the affirmative. Probably, they too listen to discourses and memorize praise for God, just like many of the honest people do. Yet, for some reason or the lack of it, they seem to feel that they are faultless. This can be one of their biggest obstacles. While the corrupt would believe that they are goodness incarnate, a saint like Kabirdasa would feel that he or she has more flaws than anyone else in the world [3]. Our recognition of our own imperfections in action and thought, as opposed to a combination of egomania, greed and unkindness, allows our ethical and spiritual advancement.

While Hinduism, with the karmic law in place, has not been gentle towards the corrupt, the Hindu tradition offers a second chance to all the individuals who have realized their fault. To defeat corruption in the mind, we need to go beyond the label of being religious (or spiritual) and start assimilating the teachings of our chosen spiritual path [4].

[1] When we perceive Hinduism as Sanatana Dharma, saying that Hinduism can help us combat corruption becomes redundant because corruption does not exist when everyone follows dharma and performs his or her duties honestly.
[2] This blog does not intend to correlate atheism or one’s spiritual beliefs with morality.
[3] See Kabiradasa’s doha: “bura jo dekhan main chala, bura na milya…”
[4] A spiritual solution may not be practicable for everyone; defeating the shadripu (including greed) in the mind is more difficult than respecting the law.

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