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THE HABIT OF NINDA

Meher Baba

 
The three most important things to be eliminated before attaining God-realization are greed, lust and ninda; the last, meaning "back-biting," is the worst and most disastrous.

One can overcome greed, or even lust, though both of these are very hard to get over; but the worst and most difficult of all to eliminate is the habit of ninda: speaking ill and trying to find faults or flaws in others; because this particular act or vice incurs the burden of sins or what is technically termed as sanskaras of others.
 

TREASURES, pp. 128-129, ed. Jane B. Haynes
1980 © Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust

               

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