In the view of Hinduism, sinfulness and goodness are mixed in our characters. Our natures contain different proportions of these qualities or tendencies and we should strive to behave in a manner that develops good tendencies and wipes out bad ones. While our deeds reflect our nature, they also impact it. For example, being truthful and worshipping God with a loving heart are signs of persons who are good and doing these things leads to goodness. Conversely, being dishonest or pretending to worship God with a hate-filled heart are signs of a person who is evil and doing these things leads to evil.
In chapter sixteen of Bhagavad Gita which discusses goodness and evil, Lord Krishna sums up the tendencies and behaviors that constitute goodness:
The Lord said:
Goodness is many things.
Goodness is being brave and pure
And thinking of your soul.
Your soul is God inside you.
Goodness is helping others.
It is self-control and worshipping God
And having pujas
And studying the Vedas and other holy books.
It is calling out God’s names and glories and suffering for your beliefs.
Goodness is being straight and strong
In body and mind.
Peacefulness, truthfulness, and kindness are good.
This excerpt is from On Hinduism, by Irina Gajjar. To purchase the book, visit our Amazon Link.