Confusion in attribution obscures illumination – end confusion with devotion

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. The Bhagavad-gita (03.32) indicates that this misdirection of consciousness (acetasah) causes the bafflement of all our knowledge (sarva-jnana vimudhams). If we blame Krishna for not being good, then we end up decreasing further our chance to return to goodness. Thus, turning away from him is the evil that subjects us to all the evils of the world.

Thankfully, Krishna, unlike the sun, is no passive observer; he is an active redeemer. He descends to the material level to share the path of devotion, the easiest path for returning to the spiritual level.  For those who accept his gift, perennial goodness awaits.  

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 03 Text 32

"But those who, out of envy, disregard these teachings and do not follow them regularly are to be considered bereft of all knowledge, befooled, and ruined in their endeavors for perfection."

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Devotion encompasses both reconnection of the world and its renunciation

Author: Chaitanya Charan Das

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  1. a superb write up commentary. thank you pr ji.

    why connect to energies , when you can connect with the Energetic Himself.He is waiting for your one glance towards Him.It is we who have forgotten our relationship with Him.He has beeen present with us for miilions of birth.HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN GOOD TO US.

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  2. Hare Krishna Prabhu ji
    Your daily publishing of Gita Shlokas has become a mercy for me. I want to be addicted for this. I take my daily BP pills and i don’t forget even for a snigle day. But this is much higher important for the soul. BP pill is for body only which is perishable anyway but this is for a permanant soul.
    Your servant

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