Friday, December 7, 2018

Riddle of Virtue and Vice

The scriptures of different religions point out different means to attain the ideals of universal love, freedom, manliness, and selfless benevolence. 
Every religious sect is generally at variance as to its idea of what is virtue and what is vice, and fights with others over the means of attaining virtue and eschewing vice, instead of aiming at realizing the end. 

Every means is helpful more or less, and the Gita (XVIII. 48) says, "Every undertaking is attended with defects as fire with smoke"; so the means will no doubt appear more or less defective. 
But as we are to attain the highest virtue through the means laid down in our respective scriptures, we should try our best to follow them. Moreover, they should be tempered with reason and discrimination. 
Thus, as we progress, the riddle of virtue and vice will be solved by itself. 

              - Swami Vivekananda, 
                 Sayings and Utterances

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