Mar 10, 2013

Why Do Evil and Suffering Exist?


“I am very astonished that the scientific picture of the real world around me is deficient.. It knows nothing of beautiful and ugly, good or bad, God and Eternity. Science sometimes pretends to answer questions in these domains, but the answers are very often so silly that we are not inclined to take them seriously.” - [Physicist Erwin Schrodinger, Nobel Prize Winner of 1933 in Physics]

Knowing less, we suffer more. Hence, before one ponders over good and evil, it is essential we know what existence or reality is.

Most isms, including today’s “rock star” ism of science, are unable to conceive  “god-particle” of existence beyond a couple of thousand to few billions years. Both are wrong.

Science is not god. And, god is not science.

The Ultimate Reality is inconceivable to limited minds. Confined to man-mind-made realities, fundamentalists of religion or science-ism believe in things blindly or conceive “things” boldly, but badly. Today’s science limits itself to some bang; yesterday’s isms of religion on their books hang. Mystic Reality is much, much more than a tiny “big bang” or some little religious thong.

Yogis, free mystics “see” The Ultimate Reality unlimitedly.

In “Samadhi” - Sameness as the (Eternal) Aim (Primordial Reality) -  The Observer and The Observed are “physically” One.  In this “physicality”, yogis report “seeing” The Whole as One “I”-ness. “There”, in Original Source Reality of Everything, in Godliness as if; each and everything - Seer and Seen – is Own-ness. There’s neither one-two; nor many. Each and All, is “seen” as The Self of The Whole.

"We ought not even to say that he will see, but he will be that which he sees, if indeed it is possible any longer to distinguish between seer and seen, and not boldly to affirm that the two are one.” - [Plotinus, 206-270A.D., Greek Philosopher]

Therefore, blaming neither science nor spirituality, or mankind and god; we need to have an integrated view of life. In simple words, what we see happening “here”, though of concern to any sensitive soul, must not trouble much a wise mind. For, in “there” - The Ultimate Reality of Existence – all “this” is but a chimera.

 This life of yours which you are living is not merely a piece of this entire existence, but in a certain sense the whole; only this whole is not so constituted that it can be surveyed in one single glance. This, as we know, is what the Brahmins express in that sacred, mystic formula which is yet really so simple and so clear – “Tat Tvum Asi” – THIS is YOU. Or, again, in such words as "I am in the east and the west, I am above and below, I am this entire world.” Thus, spoke Schrodinger, the Nobel Physicist – colleague and contemporary of Albert Einstein.

And, as quoted in The Eye of Shiva: Eastern Mysticism and Science (1981) by Amaury de Riencourt; the physicist explained Reality – “The multiplicity is only apparent.. The mystical experience of The Union with God regularly leads to this view, unless strong prejudices stand in the way.”

Hence, waves play with “own”-self of other waves - in water-self. As does storm with own air-self. Similarly, in “this” life we call our world, life-forms inter-act with each other; in a “stormy” or selfless way; with love or love-less nay. Yet, it’s all a play. Good or bad, evil or ugly – yet! It is Illusory.

So - Behold! This! - life’s illusion. Live and let live - let go! Delusion.
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2 comments:

Flame Lilly said...

What if one is not able to grasp these concepts, or if indeed one does, how should it be possible to explain evil to one who has been impacted by it, is in a state of suffering, but has no concept of the illusion. How might an empathetic explanation of the actual truth be told?

Fakeer Ishavardas said...

In the East, one tends to explain all that happens in life, quite simply, perhaps a bit too simply, as karma.
However, you do have a very persistent, pertinent inquiry; about how to explain evil.
As yogis find in Ultimate Reality, in Self-Realization; what so ever is; call "It" God or whatever, is One Indivisible Whole. That is, as is space in sky, thus is everything - seen or The Unseen, known or The Unknown.
We, names-forms entities, are like clouds in "this" sky. Formed for a cause, with an effect. Once rained, clouds are gone. Lost forever, as if. Yet, we all know, after a while, clouds are formed again in this given environment. It a repeat action again; of raining, and, then, merging unto the cause all over again.
In this process of coming and going, in lifecycles, like clouds we come and go. Ad infinitum.
Yet! as Enlightened Ones let this world know, this cycle, once understood, is taken as a dream, and the wise let it go - "getting" it, but not grasping it, Or, gasping for it. Good, bad or ugly.
But it's a tough understanding. Few get IT.