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    Meaning of good and evil!

    Now define good to me. Now define evil. Can you? No! Because there is neither good nor evil.
    What was Mahatma Gandhi's inspiration to fight for freedom? What was Adolf Hitler's motivation?
    Answer- Bhagavad Gita. Yes both Gandhi and Hitler read Bhagavad Gita, while one saw it as a universal peace doctrine other saw it as a weapon of mass-destruction.
    So is Gita good or bad? Knowledge is neither good nor bad.
    So are actions good and bad? No. Actions are done according to duties. Can duty be good or bad? No.
    Then how do we bluntly classify people as good and bad, on what basis?
    Were Kauravas evil? Nay, they were just claiming their heritage. Was Hiranyakashyapa evil? Nay, if you worked hard and finally overthrew the king of gods, you aren't evil, you are great.
    Nothing ever was evil and nothing ever was good. But we never cease prejudicing.
    Were Kauravas adharmis? How on earth? They were just few princes who legitimately claimed their father's thrown. And as per law they inherited it. As for Pandavas, the throne was never their's.
    Weren't Kauravas fighting for their rights? Then why would God help Pandavas to kill the righteous owners of the throne and abduct it?
    No matter how wrong your sibling is, are you just enough to kill him?

    Conclusion: History is filled with struggle. Our only dharma is to be competitive enough and to not succumb in this race. And anything you do to survive is your dharma, there is neither good nor evil.
  • #585734
    Meaning of good and evil differs from person to person and it cannot be same. For example for a butcher he also prays the God before doing business and seeks good turnover for the day. A wine merchant also prays to the God for the good business for the day. Here both are doing business. For ordinary man one is sacrificing the animal and having business on that, and the other one literally spoiling a person by inculcating drinking habit. Expressly both are doing a evil business which is wrong for the society but at the same time for their own family they are doing good as they fetch money for living.
    K Mohan
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #585749
    Aditya, nice write up!
    My mind is responding in two ways one is good is when you are adding happiness, peace to the world, bad is when you are causing distress, war, failure, or anything which we consider is on negative side.

    And another side of mind says in history, 'victory decides who is good, either king ask to write what he wanted to listen about himself or just human tendency to salute rising sun!

    Regards:
    Chitra Rana

  • #585820
    Generally, in any matter, there exists a share of people with contradictive response of the other. No one can come to a conclusion (good and evil) on considering the significance of both the shares. In simple words, a thing good for you may be considered as bad by rest of the world.

    On conclusion, good and bad (evil) varies with individual's perception.
    The power of choosing good and evil is within the reach of all.


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