Shri Datta Swami

Posted on: 20 Mar 2023


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Is causing fear considered a sin? Do provocations through ignorant actions lead to sin?

[Mr. Talin Rowe asked: Hello Your Holiness Datta Swami, may praise be healed onto Your glory for all eternity. My question is pertaining to sin. It’s been stated by You that sin is a result of either force or fear. If you accidentally cause someone to fear you without intending to do so, such as say in the case of a person who you stumble into or you scare an animal while driving a motor vehicle, or you say something that unwittingly triggers a fear or forceful response from someone else, is this considered a sin? Do provocations through ignorant actions lead to sin? Thank You sincerely for answering our questions and true gratitude to you always. I hope You and Your devotees have a wonderful day. Best regards, Talin Rowe]

Swami replied:- Any definition is general with some exceptional angles. Fear results in sin and this means as soon as you do some action, your consciousness introduces some fear of hell by which you can know that you are doing a sin. In fact, God speaks to you through your consciousness that what you are doing is a sin. Of course, a sinner doing sins continuously may not get this fear because the sinful nature predominates the voice of God. The sinful nature is producing lot of noise, which prevents you to hear God through consciousness. You cannot hear your phone sitting in a railway station full of noise of public and noise of trains coming and going. If your sinful nature is absent or very little, you can hear your inner consciousness, which is the voice of God. Good people hear clearly their inner consciousness and decide whether an action is merit or sin (Satāṃ hi sandeha padeṣu vastuṣu, pramāṇa mantaḥkaraṇa pravṛttayaḥ).