Confusion in attribution obscures illumination — end confusion with devotion (Gita Daily)

Published on Oct 04, 2013

Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 03, Text 32

People ask: “If God, the creator of the world, is good, why is there so much evil in the world?”

The question reveals a fundamental confusion in attribution — they are placing the blame on the wrong doorstep.

The sun gives only light, no darkness. Those who turn away from the sun see darkness. They can see light if they just turn towards the sun. But if instead they blame the sun for giving darkness, then they deprive themselves of the chance to see the sun as the source of light.

Gita wisdom reveals God, Krishna, to be all-good, the source and shelter of all goodness. Those who turn away from him expose themselves to evil. This turning is a turning away from the spiritual to the material. Krishna and we belong to the spiritual level of reality where all delight in eternal light and love. The material level of reality is dark — it impels us to dark actions that cause the various evils here. When we stay attached to the material and demand Krishna to illumine it with unmitigated goodness, we are like those staying turned away from the sun and demanding to see its light.

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