Hinduism provides one the philosophical knowledge that enduring happiness exists within each person, and also gives practical methods whereby one can actually experience that happiness, said Satguru Bodhinatha Veylan Swami, 163rd Jagadacharya of the Nandinatha Sampradaya's Kailasa Parampara at Kauai Aadheenam Guru Sannidhanam, Hawaii, United States of America.
‘No sin, only error'
The Swami was delivering the keynote address at the evening session of the 100th annual Hindu religious meet at Cherukolpuzha, near Kozhencherry, on Saturday.
An important aspect of life that greatly impacts making progress on the spiritual path is how we handle mistakes. Quoting Swami Vivekananda, he said “Vedanta recognises no sin, it only recognises error. And the greatest error, says the Vedanta, is to say that you are weak, that you are a sinner, a miserable creature, and that you have no power and you cannot do this and that.''
“What Swami Vivekananda is pointing out is that when we do something wrong it is better to think of it as an error or mistake than to think of it as a sin. This is because a mistake is clearly something we can correct, in other words we have the ability to learn from our mistakes and thereby avoid making them again,” he said.
The Swami said parents could teach children that making mistakes was not bad. Everyone made mistakes. It was natural, and simply showed we did not understand something about the matter at hand, or we had been inattentive. Mistakes were wonderful opportunities to learn, he said.
A good second reaction to a mistake was to think clearly about what happened, why it occurred and find a way to not repeat the mistake in the future, he said.
Acharya Arumughanatha Swami, Yoganatha Swami, both from the U.S., and G.K. Nair, journalist, spoke.