The sinner need not have the stigma of eternal degradation and the saint need not have pride in his moral attainments.
No one, however saintly he may be, has attained the heights of moral virtues except after a life of moral failings, and no one is so bad as to be unable to improve and become good.
Everyone, no matter how depraved, can gradually become better and better until he becomes the best example for all mankind.
There is always hope for everyone; none is utterly lost and none need despair. It remains true, however, that the way to divinity lies through the renunciation of evil in favour of the good.
——-AVATAR MEHER BABA
[Source- Discourses by Meher Baba, volume-I, p-94-95 (Copyright ©1967 by Adi K. Irani, King’s Rd., Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India]