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Good and Evil, yin and yang, God and Devil, Krishna, and Lila

excerpted from OM, baby! a pilgrimage to the eternal self, by Jack Haas




          When looked upon closely the characteristics of the divine are ever intermingled with good and evil. And that is because at the level of divinity, where good and evil merge into one, there is no longer good or evil, there is simply a dynamic dance beyond the limited idea of morality.

            If all is one, then good and evil must coexist, not as separate halves of the dual universe, but as intimate aspects of the One.

If God is everything there is, then there is no right or wrong, for all is one and no duality about it. Good and Evil end not because they do not exist, but because they become the same thing.

Just as a battery requires both negative and positive poles in order to produce electricity, which is power, so to the negative and positive- the dark and the light- must exist within the individual and the universe for the proper functioning of the whole. Yin and yang.

However, the concept of good and bad only applies to the world of duality, it does not apply to the non-dual oneness which exists prior to the divisive ‘fall’ into manifestation.

It is only after the merging occurs of these opposites and a neutral wholeness arises, creating a further dimension of cosmic vision, that one can come to know the true nature of the human drama, which is indeed a drama- an eternal play enacted by eternal characters who somehow have forgotten they are acting.

It is the combined distance and intimacy of this new wholeness which allows the theater of all life to lay itself down before you, showing indisputably that the relative plane of human interaction is but a play, created by, and for, the Godselves which we are. This is the lila- the Divine Play- of life, and is the reason that the great incarnate, Krishna, could on one occasion send Arjuna to the battlefield to slay his own kin, and could at another time disrobe the young female cowherds and enjoy the pleasures of the flesh with them, without there being a contradiction in his actions.

            Krishna had stepped outside of karma, outside of separation, outside of good and evil, outside of what we mistakenly call reality, and he lived knowing that all is a play, and that this is why we should play, because all the struggle and strife, the tears and the anguish, are but perfectly choreographed performances to keep us from awakening to the show.

            Krishna understood that no one ever dies, since he knew that we are all immortal, in one way or another, though most of us are asleep in the dream that is the play of our immortal self.

            The entire play, like all plays, is based on attraction and repulsion between the opposites, which is why romance and conflict are great themes in both life and cinema. But when the opposites of male and female, and good and evil, dissolve into a singular homogenous milieu, the whole drama suddenly exposes itself because the play runs out of scenarios. The stream has run its course. All conflict has been resolved. The self has entered the serene abode, the Tao.

In fact, I once had a dream in which I was told the Devil was created in order to counterbalance God. This is so because good and evil are aspects of the same oneness, and therefore they are written into the play to give it some action.


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visionary art, acrylic painting, Lilith, Sophia Goddess, author Jack Haas India



OM, baby! a pilgrimage to the eternal self

by Jack Haas

author Jack Haas, Canadian, American writer, artist, photographer

















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