The interplay of good and bad actions in life

Baba in Mysore

The next day, a discussion among the men mandali took place about the interplay of good and bad actions in life, whereupon Baba stated:

There is really nothing like “good” or “bad.” As good is necessary, likewise bad is also necessary — like positive and negative. Both are equally essential for action and evolution. If only good were to prevail everywhere, life would end and become extinct! Both good or bad done to the extreme would lead to Self-Realization; for instance, absolute bad with no trace of good, or absolute good with no trace of bad at all — both are equally conducive to the attainment of the goal of Self-Realization.

If this is so, naturally it can be asked, “Why is good preferable to bad?” Both good and bad are zero, being nonexistent for those who are Realized. Both are terms of duality.

But the great Masters and Avatars give preference and advocate good over bad. This is only because good is really, spiritually speaking, easy for reaching the goal; though apparently, materially speaking, it is the reverse.

For example, bad is apparently easy — difficult, really! But the underlying principle in life being spiritual progress — true existence — comes against the material progress which is only apparent and not real. Thus, the Masters advocate good, being truly easy for mankind, as the better, standardized course to follow for true progress in the march of life to the Goal.

Another reason for preferring and advocating good is that in bad, although apparently easy, while thinking about and actually committing a bad act, there is always a sort of “torture” to the mind, which inevitably happens after committing the act. For instance, illicit sex or murder.

Whereas in good, which though apparently difficult, there is nothing of the kind — no torture to the mind. On the contrary, there is a constant feeling of a sort of happiness not only in thinking but also in doing a good act, although it is always more difficult apparently to do good rather than bad.

Besides, pursuing the course of doing bad to the extreme would not succeed until the end. A man’s body however bold, indifferent, healthy and robust would not be able to withstand prolonged indulgence in bad vices — such as lust or drinking to the extreme. Therefore, bad to the extreme is not practicable physically., p1721
Apr, 1936; Mysore

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