Virtue is a highly misunderstood concept. True virtue transcends all morality, religion and the need to please others – it arises in a place other than mind. The truly virtuous is he who renounces pride and egotism. Such an individual, realizing his true nature, cuts the strings of affection and attachment, whereupon he abandons worldly desires of this world at a psychological level as a good wakeful person should do.
He/she always knows to stay absorbed in Thatness, never unnecessarily associating himself with wicked persons, those whose avarice, hatred and ignorance are great, lest he be contaminated by their shadows of sin. There are people in the world who see nothing but other’s faults and take all to be their enemies. They vilify others, criticize the various Teachings of enlightenment, and bring bad influences to all, for in the depths of their hearts the fires of hatred are always burning. To give an example, the snake has neither wings, legs, nor hands – logically, it should be a feeble, meek creature – but as soon as someone sees it, one is heavily seized by abhorrence. This, in essence, reflects the great hatred existing within the snake itself.
He who cherishes (or entertains) hatred within themselves, will (automatically) see all people as his enemies. In the same vein, some there are people who are very mean by nature – they grasp and store up everything, even if it be a miserable piece of wood or a basket of stones. They say, “When we become old we will need a means of livelihood; when we die we will need food for sacrifice in the cemetery”. Such paths demand extra-vigilance for the watchful one.
The world as we know has many that enjoy the veil of ignorance – which leads to one being possessed by subtle bigotry and narrow-mindedness; which is warrant enough to never associate with such characters or pay attention to their incessant babblings. Even if you talk to such ‘good’ persons they secretly doubt everything so much so that any valuable answer given eventually leads them to anger. Hence, because of their narrow-mindedness, good advice will never do them any good, but only incur their vituperation