What does dharma shastras say about Black Money and Corruption

In India giving Bribery is a common act one has to go through it one day or the other. If one has given Bribe is he doing Adharma, if yes then how can we repent for the sins accumulated by Bribery and Black money generated in The parallel Economy .

Does paying of Interest account for Bribery, is it Adharma to pay Interest.

  • The 10% charity rule is for your dharmically acquired income. Not crooked income. – user1195 Nov 8 '16 at 1:33
  • @moonstar2001 Why do we need to give away 10% of dharmic income?When its perfectly legal. – Yogi Nov 8 '16 at 3:43
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    @Yogi--God is giving wealth. We earn by our hard work and dharmically acquire the money. In turn to the paramathma we thank and give for his daily puja materials or annadhan etc. – Parthasarathy Raghavan Nov 8 '16 at 5:26
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    Why make this a question on Indian politics and your ishta-devata? You should probably revert your update. – sv. Nov 8 '16 at 20:57
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    Update The day after I posted this question there is miraculous Change in India's goo.gl/sLiGUR policy.I thank Venkateshwara, Shriman Narayana for this divine Interference/Miracle. – Yogi Nov 9 '16 at 18:13

Regarding taking bribes the Manu Smriti says this:

9.256. Let the king who sees (everything) through his spies, discover the two sorts of thieves who deprive others of their property, both those who (show themselves) openly and those who (lie) concealed...

9.258. Those who take bribes, cheats and rogues, gamblers, those who live by teaching (the performance of) auspicious ceremonies, sanctimonious hypocrites, and fortune-tellers,....

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The King should reveal those who take bribes by employing methods such as spies and then have to punish them accordingly :

9.262. Then having caused the crimes, which they committed by their several actions, to be proclaimed in accordance with the facts, the king shall duly punish them according to their strength and their crimes.

I have not found any penances prescribed for such offenders yet.If found will update the answer with them.

Anyways,taking bribes is illegal as per Dharma Shastras and the king should act and punish the offenders accordingly.This is the directive of the Shastras.

Update regarding penances:

There are no penances prescribed specifically for bribery in Manu and the Parashara Smritis.There is nothing in the Yajnavalkya Smriti either(however i only have an abridged version of it).

The Manu Smriti however itself says that there can be many offences for which no penances have been prescribed in it.And,in those particular cases the offender can decide(the mode of atonement) on his own :

Manu Smriti 11.209. For the expiation of offences for which no atonement has been prescribed, let him fix a penance after considering (the offender’s) strength and the (nature of the) offence.

In general,the Manu Smriti prescribes:

Manu Smriti 11.227. By confession, by repentance, by austerity, and by reciting (the Veda) a sinner is freed from guilt, and in case no other course is possible, by liberality

So,charity can be a good enough atonement in my opinion.

Update #2 regarding paying interest:

Paying interest, lending money on interest are not sins.But ,usury, the act of lending money with unreasonably high interest rates is a minor sin(an upapataka).

Manu Smriti 8.140. A money-lender may stipulate as an increase of his capital, for the interest, allowed by Vasishtha, and take monthly the eightieth part of a hundred.

Manu Smriti 8.142. Just two in the hundred, three, four, and five (and not more), he may take as monthly interest according to the order of the castes (varna).


1.61. Manu Smriti:Defiling a damsel, usury, breaking a vow, selling a tank, a garden, one’s wife, or child, are(minor) sins.

Similarly,from the Yajnavalkya Smriti:

There are many Upapātakas (minor sins and turpitude). They are:— stealing a brahmin's personal effects, non payment of debts.....learning from a servant, teaching a superior, adultery, usury, sale of salt, contemptuous livelihood, misappropriation of a deposit,.....all these are Upapātakas.

  • Waiting for the penances part. – Yogi Nov 8 '16 at 10:04
  • @Yogi updated... – Rickross Nov 8 '16 at 12:53
  • Question Updated – Yogi Nov 8 '16 at 19:54

Bypass black or white money. Go directly to the source of money, which is: prana, and take responsibility for the motion which money provides us.

We can't merely belabor the trite waywardness of our fellow inhabitants of Earth without also suggesting an alternative or else risk being lazy whiny prognosticators. One solution can erase a thousand errors and set an example for others to follow suit.

Yet, if you call, and no one answers, then go ahead, anyway, without anyone to follow you. The rest will catch up with you, eventually.

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