Example - A police man takes bribe(not his choice, but due to circumstances) from someone but he uses the money for good things like some charity, donations, feeding poor etc.

So is it a papa or punya? What does hinduism say on this?

  • If the tags are not appropriate, then please change them. I did not get anything even after thinking so much.
    – LSSJ Broly
    Commented Aug 26, 2022 at 12:21
  • In the Lalitopakhyana, it is mentioned that a person used money obtained via theft to build temples, so he neither reached svarga (due to using ill-gotten wealth) nor fell down in hell(due to the act of financing the construction of a temple), instead he was condemned to remain as a ghost for certain period of time (better than being cast in hell, worse compared to reaching svarga).
    – অনু
    Commented Aug 26, 2022 at 15:11
  • One would rather not indulge in bribery, as any avoidance is not going to cause a highly detrimental / miserable consequence. So avoidance is supposed to be the act of dharma. However, a stone-blind adherence, may not be a recommendation ,as an act of Dharma is context sensitive. The following may relate to the topic in question . wisdomlib.org/hinduism/book/… hinduism.stackexchange.com/questions/52065/…
    – Athrey
    Commented Aug 26, 2022 at 15:53
  • @Athrey I don't want to know only about bribery..I gave that as only an example...I want to know about ANY bad means..
    – LSSJ Broly
    Commented Aug 27, 2022 at 3:04
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    @LSSJBroly , In my understanding , an act of dharma is context sensitive,(papa and punya is reaped accordingly),also the Intention behind the action has stake over papa /punya. I hope the links ,are to some extent related to the topic .
    – Athrey
    Commented Aug 27, 2022 at 4:40


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