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  Monday, 09 January 2023
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Okay so, I have been struggling with this question for a very long time. Consider how for example some people in Bangladesh or India are dirt-poor and must resort to sex work in order to provide for themselves and their families, well does fornication then cease to become a sin for them in the eyes of divinity?

Because what are the choices? You can only choose between one sin or another in some cases... You could deny fornication with a stern passion but if you do that, then you are killing yourself through hunger. So.... suicide or fornication? What will it be? So what say you?

Can sin be good depending on your reasons?
3 weeks ago
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#28562
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Everything is karmic; there will be a consequence for every action. One must carefully weigh the options in meditation, to be guided to the action that will result in the best consequence given their circumstance.

It is very easy for us to get caught in "black or white" thinking, the battle of the opposites. We often believe the choices are only dual, such as (in your example) resort to prostitution or die of starvation. In reality, there are an infinite variety of possible actions, although we are often constricted in our thinking by our sleeping consciousness. When we awaken the consciousness in meditation and free it from the mind, new, creative possibilities will come to us. We will see more "shades or gray" between the two extreme options we previously believed we were faced with.

"If thou canst not make thine own self what thou desireth, how shalt thou be able to fashion another to thine own liking. We are ready to see others made perfect, and yet we do not amend our own shortcomings."
—Thomas à Kempis

3 weeks ago
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#28562
Accepted Answer
Everything is karmic; there will be a consequence for every action. One must carefully weigh the options in meditation, to be guided to the action that will result in the best consequence given their circumstance.

It is very easy for us to get caught in "black or white" thinking, the battle of the opposites. We often believe the choices are only dual, such as (in your example) resort to prostitution or die of starvation. In reality, there are an infinite variety of possible actions, although we are often constricted in our thinking by our sleeping consciousness. When we awaken the consciousness in meditation and free it from the mind, new, creative possibilities will come to us. We will see more "shades or gray" between the two extreme options we previously believed we were faced with.

"If thou canst not make thine own self what thou desireth, how shalt thou be able to fashion another to thine own liking. We are ready to see others made perfect, and yet we do not amend our own shortcomings."
—Thomas à Kempis

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