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Sin begins in the realm of consciousness When we are young we are taught by our guardians that which is right from that which is wrong We grow up with the understanding that stealing our playmates toys or hitting our grandparents is wrong and therefore a sin As we mature the concept of sin begins to change it is no longer quite so easy to define or to explain and its repercussions become much more severe than a grounding Sin is a malicious act intent-full deliberate and harmful An act is considered sinful when though the perpetrator may gain some form of momentary satisfaction the action inflicts harm to someone or something else In reference to Hinduism a sin is an immoral act It is ungodly or unethical The concept of ahimsa to do or cause no harm to a Hindu is very sacred and from childhood he is taught to respect and abide by this ideal Therefore any step towards dishonoring this paragon is a sin The story of Svetaketu Aruneya offers a subtle definition of sin The boy was so proud of himself for having learned the Vedas that his high opinions of himself stood in the way of his most important lesson and understanding that of faith Here Svetaketus ego served as a maya and kept him from realizing moksha Since it is the Hindus ultimate goal to achieve moksha all which stands as a barrier is a sin In a Hindus life there are different stages which he must pass through before he reaches the end of his life Each stage is representative of different levels of learning understanding and growth Though sin or rather its potential is prevalent throughout the four stages forgiveness becomes an extremely important factor towards reaching moksha Forgiveness for the
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