The root of evil has been much debated over centuries by philosophers and thinkers all over the world. Most people attribute evil to Satan or Shaitan, the simplest answer is that evil is done when the man is influenced by Satan or the dark forces. This is a very shallow explanation of evil and why it exists in the world. It just divides things into Good and Evil a very simple concept propagated by most religions around the world. Life thus is a tussle between good and evil, the deva’s and the Rickshas, Lucifer, and God, it is a very myopic thought and explanation. A very black and white explanation. Let’s look at this phenomena a bit closer and try and give a deeper meaning to good and evil. Basically, if we look at the Bhagwat Geeta, Krishna says to Arjun that man does evil due to the influence of these three major energies Rajas, Satave and Tamas.
Rajas are the sustaining force or the energy that balances things keeps them neutral, it is the sustenance energy. The energy that keeps things neutral. Satave is the positive force of energy that charges us with a positive force so that we do good and achieve joy and happiness it is the pleasant energy in us. Tamas is the negative force that is the destructive side of us, ultimately this is a powerful force to which takes us towards evil or a-dharma. Silence has also observed this phenomenon, it breaks it down into Positron, neutron, and electron. Man and his actions are dictated by these three energies and how he manages to circulate these inside his human body. Tamas is the negative force that creates evil acts and makes us do evil acts or partake in evil. Death, macabre murders, wars, Genocide, rapes, be headings all this and much more formulate into evil acts or deeds. Stealing, raping and destroying public property, setting busses on fire, street fights all these are part of evil and rise of Tamas in all of us. Till the world exist evil will exist there is no stopping it. God exists because evil exists without one the other cannot exist therefore evil is as important as good.
When Tamas rises in us we turn towards Rajas and vice- versa, like a trapeze artist on a. Rope, he has to keep falling to the left and then to the right just to maintain balance. In a similar fashion, we need to regulate these energies within us. It’s best to have a balance but to create the new the old has to be destroyed.
We see this in the actions of Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh. Brahma is Positive energy, the creator, Vishnu is the sustainer of the Rajas who sustenance the creation and Shiva is the destroyer the Tamas or the negative force that destroys all. The entire universe is a play of these three forces in tandem. Creation, Sustenance, and Destruction. All happen together in a rhythmic dance, one energy tugging at the other.
So don’t think of just good and evil now look at the universe as a dance of these three forces.