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We all commit in some way or another various sins (pāpa) and good acts (puṇya).

My question pertains to the situation:

Suppose one person, might be conducting themselves in all righteousness (dharmic), as per all injunctions of the scriptures. However, despite being righteous (as per scriptures), they have latent ego (ahaṃkāra) inside them of being "righteous". Then there might be a second person who might be doing all kinds of sins (deliberately or non-deliberately), as per against the scriptural injunctions.

Sometimes people might have ahaṃkāra of being born in a certain social or gender setting. They might consider the other people as inferior, due to that ego.

Is the ahaṃkāra (ego) developed as a result of "being good or better" more worse and dangerous than the pāpa (sins) accumulated done via activities which oppose the Dharma?

Who between the two is the worst sinner? The one who's scripturally righteous, but with ahaṃkāra, or the one who is a sinner (unknowingly or unknowingly)? Does scriptures makes any such kind of distinction and explain them? Views of āchāryas and gurus are also welcome.

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  • In your example one person has some good qualities but he is egoistic. But the other person seemingly only has bad qualities. You should specify some good qualities that he has in order that they can be compared. Right now it's looking like walkover. – Rickross May 22 at 12:25
  • Actually, the first person is dharmic but possess the ego of being dharmic (and they do know that). The other person might be committing sins knowingly or unknowingly. So, basically the question is : does the Ego of being righteous or dharmic surpass that of the sins of being adharmic, in other words, is ahaṃkāra of or about anything worse than any kinds of sins committed ? @Rickross – peace May 22 at 12:35
  • Then I think it is required to know what kind of sins the sinner have committed. Only then it is possible to compare. Otherwise it has to be shown that being egoistic is the greatest sin. – Rickross May 22 at 12:58
  • Well, sins obviously include anything which scriptures say so. And yes, ultimately it's to be shown if being Egoistic about one's own dharma, or conduct is the biggest of the sins or not? @Rickross – peace May 22 at 13:23
  • First you have to understand the desha, Kala before interpreting scriptures.Vedic scriptures were never to be written in the first place as it brings heavy chances of interpolation & lies from writers,hence they are called Shrutis or those heard from Gurus. All the scriptures are written in Kaliyuga(when Krishna left earth after 3000BC and end of 12000 Age of Leo/Kings) & Vedic religion was influenced because of en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_of_Aquarius of 12000 years as Kaliyuga meant darkness and to bring Satyuga again,new research & questioning is to be done. dwapara-yuga.org – user22687 May 22 at 15:07

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