Good and evil

“It is said that good cometh out of evil. This is perfectly true. Every circumstance in life, when viewed from the right angle, proves to be for good. We appreciate the rule value of life only when we have tasted the bitterness of the experiences which beset it. Difficulties and worries are the common lot of mankind. The true hero is he who has imbibed from them the great lesson that life is granted to us for a noble and high purpose, namely, the realization of our immortal nature, which is pure freedom and peace.”
Swami Ramdas

From the standpoint of Advaita Vedanta and non-duality, the above quotation has a relative validity, pertaining to the ‘practical’ or empirical level of reality; from that perspective it is indisputable. According to the former standpoint, however, there is no such dichotomy in reality. There being no evil as such, there is no goodness either: both concepts are interdependent and tied in with their corresponding percepts – they are mind only. Two important doctrines are involved here: 1) The doctrine of ‘two truths’ and 2) the doctrine of ‘dependent origination’, this last exclusively Buddhist.

About amartingarcia

General surgeon (retired). Studied Western philosophy at U of Toronto. Afterwards interest turned to advaita vedanta and non-duality for past 20 yrs, plus a long interlude in Sufism coinciding with that period. Now contributing in ’Advaita Vision’ with regular posts and discussions.
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