Give up Vices - Imbibe Virtues

May - Jun 2003

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Nothing is more inimical to a persons wellbeing and happiness than his own vices and negative tendencies. A person overpowered by negativity of mind and vicious habits becomes a mental and physical wreck. Not only liquor, gambling, adultery but laziness, negligence, backbiting etc. are vices which need to be shunned as poison.
If a man takes liquor or is used to some other addiction, gambles or is a inconigle adulterer, he not only wastes money but also invites serious physical, mental and intellectual disorders. However healthy and rich may be a liquor addict, this habit of his will definitely make him weak and poor with the passage of time.
Till there is strength in body and money in the pocket, one does not feel the slow poisonous effect of liquor. But with the diminishing of his monetary resources he is forced to take low quality liquor resulting in rapid fall in his health, making him an easy pray of fatal afflictions of body and mind. Life becomes a tortuous hell. He is prepared to sell and stake his dearest possession to satisfy his addiction.
A drunkard remains blind while having eyes and foolish while having an intellect. He is unable to intelligently assess his past, present and future. If he could wisely look into the past he could take lessons from the fate of past drunkards, from his own loss of prosperity; health and happiness. If he could attentively look into the present he can then feel the depth of his depravity which has resulted in his disgrace in society and miserable conditions of his family and can resolutely try to pull himself out of this morass of wretchedness.
If he could look into the future he would become actually aware of the lack of education of his children, marriage of his daughters and no provisions for old age. Drunkard is blind to all his duties to society and the family. If he misses something acutely it is the bottle of liquor and the imaginary pleasure that he derives from the poison of its intoxication. There is no end to the worries of a drunkard. When he is in senses he is weighed down by the remorse pf his undischarged responsibilities. But since he is not in a position to remove the causes of his worries, they go on eating into his vitals.
Troubled by the unending worries the drunkard again craves for liquor, becomes restless if he doesnt get it and after getting it gulps it down and remains lying lifeless. To get rid of his genuine worries he craves for liquor and after the craving is satisfied, he sinks back into the usual delirium. Worrying and only worrying becomes his life schedule when he is in his senses. His capacity of removing them is exhausted, and slowly and steadily he worries himself to self-destruction.. How horrible, how painful and how dangerous is the life of a drunkard. Gambling is the king of all the vices.
A gambler lives and dies every moment. Bearing a new blow every moment, he passes a terrible life. Tormented by law, afraid of society and scared of his family he burns his own and his familys life by staking his fortune through indulgence in this pernicious pastime. While sitting at stake there is pulsation of life and death in the beating of his heart. Possibility of losing a stake dries up his blood and joy of winning makes his heart to explode it. Winning in Gambling is worse than losing.
On losing one can be disappointed and being disappointed he can leave gambling for some time. But on winning one gets puffed up. He bets like an insane person, talks arrogantly and makes moves like a mad person. When the excitement of winning is taken away by the stroke of defeat he becomes furious like a mad dog. Putting his all at stake he wants to win once and in this process he becomes a beggar, loses his reputation in society and is entrapped into the clutches of law. His family laments, wife weeps and children starve.
It is the same sordid story with all gamblers. The only worry of a gambler is to arrange money to bet. He seeks the solution of all his problems in his stake only. On every bet he expects to win. He always thinks that if not on this stake, on the next stake he will take back two, three four times more and with that very money he will solve all his worldly problems. Solutions to the problems of education of his children, their marriages and their boarding and lodging seem to him hidden in the next stake.
How enormous a deception, how great an irony and how dangerous a self-conceit is this wild expectation. Where defeat makes a gambler beggar, win makes him a drunkard, adulterer, arrogant and culprit. A person, entrapped by the net of the vice of gambling goes on lamenting and dying slowly. Life of a gambler is a curse. Safety lies in remaining away from this vice as a scourge and a curse. There is no misery which a lecher has not to face. Appearance of a lecher is always sinful. He is always lewd and covetous.
A debaucher does not have any consideration either for his own or for any one elses dignity. He wantonly flouts an ethical and moral code of conduct. Where an adulterer finally falls prey to life-threatening diseases of flesh, he becomes an object of great disgrace in society. Nearest relations and closest friends shun him. Whatever post and status an adulterous person might be holding nobody looks upon him with honour. Instead of welcoming an adulterer on his arrival people avoid and detest.
The adulterer undergoes all this disgrace helplessly because of his animal like indulgence of sex. Obscenity, incivility, loafing become part of his nature. Human qualities like prestige, modesty, mercy, etc go away from his conduct. He ends up by being a blot on his family, and an enemy of society.
The adulterer causes maximum damage to society. He pollutes the atmosphere of society by his lecherous tendencies. He spreads vices in society and converts many innocent persons into his ignoble path of debauchery. Many of them end up by taking their lives  a pathetic end indeed.
A virtuous person is always treated with respect, honour and dignity. Cooperation, goodwill and sympathy come to him unasked. A virtuous man is contented and happy. Therefore, vices must be shunned as poison and virtues ought to be cultivated as life giving nectar.

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