What is good and evil? Surely these terms are relative. Is murder still evil if through the act of murder, millions of murders are prevented? Moral philosophers and theologians have wrestled with such questions from time immemorial. Yet until today no such conception of an absolute morality has been reached.
The truth is that there is no good and evil. This manifestation is a reality of action and reaction, of cause and effect. Every conditioned act, whether good or evil, has a prelude. The fact is that we often do not see the prelude or the deeper cause of an action.
We most often attribute the tags ‘good and evil’ to acts that seem spontaneously good or evil. If someone gives me €100 and I return him €100, no one will say that this is an overtly good act (yet in this age of cheating and deception it may seem like it). Rather I am just paying back what I am owed, I am playing by the rules. However, if I was to see someone in need and decide to give them €100 then this would be seen as a good act. Either way, I am giving someone €100, yet why does one of the acts seem to be to morally superior or prominent? It is because the karmic antecedent to this act is veiled. Instead of just paying back what I have received, it seems that I have given spontaneously.
Likewise, if I murder someone for no reason it is seen as evil and if I murder someone who tries to murder me it seen as not evil or less evil. When the true cause of an action is veiled we ascribe these terms ‘good’ and ‘evil’. When we do not see the cause of an action or event we make one up: ‘the crime was committed out of pure evil.’ Or someone is healed without medicine: ‘it is a miracle’.
Again, when the cause of some action is veiled we attribute a principle of absolute spontaneity. Yet, in actual fact, the cause is only veiled to us. Most of us only perceive an extremely thin slither of this reality. On this level, we only see the fruit of what is going behind the scenes on subtler levels of reality.
Every act here is bound and conditioned to some previous one. There is no good and evil because every action has an antecedent. We are all responsible. Nothing is inflicted on us because we have created our own life through our own choices. Everything we manifest in this life is conditioned by what we manifested in the past. The fact that we are ignorant about the choices we made prior to the life in the current body does not make these facts cease to exist.
In our lives, we play out the patterns of the past over and over again. There is no spontaneous act of good and evil. Everything is simply earned and conditioned. The reality itself is neutral. There are no victims and no one is punished; there are no saviours and no heroes. There is only the play of a reality that is ultimately neutral. Ideas of good and evil, of messiahs and villains are the products of minds that do not see what this reality is. They are the product of minds that, in ignorance of their own responsibility, fear reality. By not seeing that we create our own life, we project that power of creation outwards. Thus we project a reality that acts upon us; we create a judge and we create god.
Notions of good and evil are transcended when we realise that there is no good and evil. Life just is as it is. There are no good or evil acts. Everything is born and played out through neutrality. When we forget that life is in its essence neutral we impose upon it labels that fragment the reality.
To perceive both the neutrality of life alongside the absoluteness of cause and effect within the manifestation leads us to a life that is responsible. We do what we do and we accept whatever comes our way. We live freely and fearlessly because we only see our own free choice and responsibility before, during and after every action.
When we put away distorted concepts of living and acting in the world, we create a natural morale based on the neutral flow of reality itself. We accept whatever situation we find ourselves in and we flow and evolve through that acceptance.
The true sainthood is born through acceptance and responsibility. The true good is the freedom to flow and perceive life neutrally. Spiritual life begins only when we accept life the way it is.