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What makes a man sinner and what makes him virtuous – Bhishma in the Mahabharat

Desire is responsible for making a man a sinner. When it sees and object of the sense, desire seeks it. For the sake of getting what he wants man begins to strive for it. The objects of the senses appear so agreeable that man tries his best to get them. Attachment follows in the wake of desire. Immediately follow aversion, greed and error of judgment. The mind becomes confused, clouded, and man does not any more follow the path of virtue. He now becomes a hypocrite by assuming to have a virtue he does not possess. He uses this hypocrisy to attain social status and wealth. Thus he embarks on the downward path to sin.

A man who is righteous seeks the good of others and so he wins good for himself. He is wise and knows how to avoid the pitfalls created by the senses. He is wise to understand the real nature of sorrow and happiness. Such a man attains the mastery over the senses and it is called virtue.

Knowledge helps him to be free of desire. Such a man will strive more and will not re…