There are massive amounts of spiritual dogmas out there that place conditions on the spiritual aspirant out of ignorance. The teachers, who are not finding their own bed of wildflowers, speak about others that have, they translate it with the infusion from those who haven’t, and after placing it along side their own ideas of spiritual purity they profess righteousness. In reality, there are no preconditions or outside disciplines to spirituality, just inside work, and it’s an open door for everyone. You could be a big time sinner, an obese meat eater, love sex, lost faith in the bible, commit crimes, gay, handicapped, illiterate, mentally challenged, poor or rich, it doesn’t matter. Some religions enforce rules of strict celibacy, diet, vegetarianism, adherence to disciplines, being completely drug and alcohol free, and some are even gender, race and culturally biased. When you start using strict conditions like that, it makes it feel like purity is way out of reach, and a feeling of being inadequate, faulty, undesirable and unworthy takes over, and along with that the guilt and fear of being that way. Spirituality should not endorse abstinence or regulatory disciplines such as penance for sins, for it clearly does not work, and has no effect on your spiritual progress whatsoever, and in fact it can be counterproductive due to the spiritual ego, however they should endorse moderation. Because in fact, you can partake in all of the above sins and still reach the ultimate goal of Enlightenment, for salvation has no physical prerequisites.
Moderation is the key both physically and mentally, if moderation is not your forte and you consider yourself a hopeless extremist then understandably you must drop certain vices. Because when it occupies your every thought your metal strength is poor, and this battle is won by ignoring the mind. Positive thinking, personal introspection, and spiritual contemplation should play a dominate role in the way you use your mind. If spirituality is the main topic in your mind, then the desire to stray is loosing its sway, which means you’re on the right track. It is stepping away from old mental patterns that the rat race induces on your mind, and replacing it with the wildflower seeds on the fertile spiritual mind that is tilled in silence and introspection. You are not what you perceive yourself to be, nor what society perceives you to be, and in order to grasp this and what you really are, you have to go within and inwardly detach yourself from the perceivable. The imperfect human and world are all part of your personal illusion, and distancing yourself from that, is discerning the real you from the perceived you and that is spirituality.
Sins are the acquired baggage or imperfections that keep you from reaching perfection, but perfection is your Soul, eternal and changeless never out of reach. All of life is an escape, an escape from Reality, to toil in and with imperfection, which means any distraction in life that diverts your attention away from knowing the truth can be considered a sin. Sins are the distractions off the path, and once on the steadfast path the sins are negated quickly by the withdraw of attention, and when you totally give up they’re activated again. Does it matter what you did in the past or what you are doing now, if you are now going to give up on the whole idea of being human? That means you are surrendering all of your personal ideals, as well as the body and mind that housed them, and anything that changes, moves or decays in the world. Looking away or ignoring the temporary identity that’s attached to the body, and start looking for that identity which doesn’t change, an identity that’s saturated with Eternity or Eternal awareness. Working towards self-realization is to loosen your hold on a world that is imperfect and transitory for the real world of Absolute Awareness, which is pure and indestructible. You have to relinquish the old value system that held you hostage as a less than holy or perfect person, and know that you are worthy of being spiritual avatar, saint or teacher. It is the divine right of everyone regardless of what transpired. Despite of all the transgressions, you are pure and perfect at the core of your being, and nothing has the power to change that. Go in and reclaim it, by disclaiming the other.