one of the most detremental forms of thought wich impede our spiritual developement is guilt. some of you would say that i am saying that you should not feel guilty about anything, this is not true. Some modern spiritual teachers teach just that. this is also detrimental. If you do something that harms someone you should feel atleast some guilt, or else you end up becoming a sociopath. Yet at the same time you should never feel guilty about positive things. I have a hard time digesting any spiritual teaching that tells us we should feel guilty aboud feeling happy, or something as natural and wonderful as sex. It is not just spiritual teachings that prescribe to this illogical logic. In our country it is considered bad to want peace, and good to support war. What kind of twisted philosophy is that? What I know is this, it is not acceptable to feel guilty for good things, just as it is not acceptable to not feel guilty about bad things. The abrahamic religions teach that you should feel guilty about everything , including being born. I saay that you should not feel g uilty about things such as sexual desire, pride, or material wealth unless it brings harm to other beings. I see good people torture themselves with unneccesary guilt. I reject the religious implications that we are born sinners. the I dea that simply existing makes us bad. To say that there is no such thing as a good person is totaly ridiculous. in conclusion, do not fell guitly about doing something that doesnot harm anyone, and if you do something that harms someone then fell guilty about it and try not to do it again.
a treatise on guilt10 01 2011