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THE GOOD, CORRECT AND CONVENIENT

_SAM5885 copiaby Swami Shankaratilaka

Some students don´t distinguish among the concepts good, correct and convenient. They don´t know if good is referred to a moral concept and correct to ethics. They don´t distinguish between a good and a correct action.

The good or bad are moral locutions with reference to basic patterns of relationship, while the convenient has to do with social or collective patterns, and the correct with wisdom, a strategy of the consciousness of being.

The concept of good can vary; for example, for my mind tapasya (effort) is not good in my like, in my mentality. And someone may consider that is morally inadequate that I fast because I am going to harm myself. But another person with scientific knowledge sates that it is convenient, because fasting is not bad for the body, if it is not excessive is indeed depurative. And someone with spiritual consciousness  also says that is it convenient for the discipline of his character. After another comes and says this is a very bad thing. Another goes and says it is correct that he fasts because according to his ideology he is not stupid, he knows what he is doing, he knows it is good for his body and he is also free.

For example, it is not correct that a child takes the decision wether being or not vegetarian at 8, 9 nor 16 years, because it is not convenient. Because he subscribes his father´s philosophy, who pays his education so that he learns to talk and write, and to be a good person according to the principles of life. He is knower that we are more that a body, he teaches more than being engineer the day of tomorrow. The correct is that the child takes the decision.

Then, an observation in a different level comes. Is it convenient for the child to be a vegetarian now that he is little? It is convenient because the protein influences in the growth of children and now that he is growing minerals and vitamins are convenient. Is it good? Yes, because morally…, etc. Another person could say, it is not convenient to me that he is vegetarian because it is a mess, he will not be able to go to have lunch with any friend. But this is the correct and besides the good for your son.

Thus, the discrimination of the good, the correct and the convenient opens where the dharma is established, that is, it is the art of being good.

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