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The Problem of Good and Evil

Good begets good, bad begets bad. Most people, at the very least have heard such saying.

Yet, although there may be situations in life where it is quite obvious what is good and what is bad, many times in life we may come across situations in which it is difficult to decide which road or decision is the good one and which one is the bad, or perhaps even more often, which one is the bad and which one is the worse road to take.

The question of good and evil might be one of the oldest and one of the most important of religious and philosophical problems there ever was. Here only a brief suggestion of how a comprehension of the five Niyama may allow a person to get a handle on this most fundamental of philosophical issues.

Under the first Law of Physical Nature, good is simply what everyone does and bad is simply not doing what everyone does.

Under the second Law of Life, good is what leads to pleasure and growth of life, bad is, what leads to displeasure and in the direction of death.

Under the third law, the Law of Mind, good means, what leads to greater clarity and understanding, bad is, what leads to confusion and stupidity.

Under the fourth law, the Law of Kamma, good is, what leads to greater power of the will, that is greater capacity to work with the law of kamma /greater capacity to intent intelligently, bad is what leads to lack of willpower /lack of capacity to work with the law of kamma.

Under the fifth law, the Law of Dhamma, good is, what leads to further development of the whole (e.g. of humanity), bad is what retards and obstructs the progress of the whole.

Comprehending good and Evil in this manner, may make it easier for a person to follow the good he can comprehend as well as identifying more clearly what is the greater evil in a certain situation.

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