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Sastras lay great emphasis on ‘Tri karana Suddhi” by which a jivatma learns to coordinate his speech and action with what his mind thinks. This is the basis for the jivatma’s moral and spiritual excellence. Generally the three are not aligned since the mind is fickle by nature and hence the jivatma is warned to be ever watchful and control its wayward behaviour, pointed out Mukkur Sri Srinivasan in a discourse. Sometimes harsh words are said in anger, wrong acts done on the spur of the moment and sinful thoughts keep crossing the mind. Very often one’s external behaviour may not reflect the feelings of greed, jealousy, desire, hatred, etc, which taint the mind. This is tantamount to dishonesty.

Even realised souls are not exempt from these mental activities within. But they will immediately realise the wrongness of their thoughts and cut it out immediately. The story of a Vedic scholar who attends a debate on sastras organised by a king is quoted to illustrate the typical ways by which people tend to be hypocritical when they fall a prey to evil thoughts. At the end of the sadas when the scholars are honoured, this scholar feels that the reward is not enough but departs thanking the king profusely. But his dissatisfaction is somehow brought to the king’s notice. He is summoned to the court but the scholar saves his skin by saying that what he meant was only through the munificence of the king or God can one’s poverty can be alleviated and that whatever is given by others can only be sufficient for meeting small expenses. The king is pleased and gives him more money. But the scholar lacks tri-karana suddhi.

One has to rise above rajas and tamas and consciously cultivate Satva guna to get over hypocritical behaviour to remain pure in thought, word and deed.

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