09/03/2011 Comments Off on Covetousness

Covetousness defined: 1. Excessively and culpably desirous of the possessions of another 2. Inordinately or wrongly desirous of wealth or possessions; greedy.
Hinduism Hear, O King, what the foundation is of sin. Covetousness alone is a great destroyer of merit and goodness. From covetousness precedes sin. It is from this source that sin and irreligiousness flow, together with great misery. This covetousness is the spring also of all the cunning and hypocrisy in the world. It is covetousness that makes men sin – Mahabharata Shanti Parva
Sikhism Man is lost in greed,
And does not know his own interest.
O my greedy mind,
You are ever lost in greed.
He who is lost in greed for worldly things,
Is neither honoured in this world nor in the next.
He who is full of greed for wealth of someone who is dead,
Has wasted his valuable life.
Though the light in one’s eyes has dimmed.
Yet one craves for a long life.
Lord, the surge of greed is very fierce,
And this boat of mine is about to sink.
Sikhism [1] Nanak, you may ask the wise people:
Who could ever attain Him with lust and greed?
[2] Absorbed in false greed,
You have forgotten that death is the end;
Even now no harm will be done to you,
If you sing the glory of the Lord. GURU IC, TILANG RAG
Hinduism To protect his own prosperity from decline One must not crave the property held by others. Thirukural Verse 178

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