What is evil?
With the recent tragedy in Connecticut, there are a few questions that some of us may be thinking. Where was God?
First, let us try to define evil. Some define evil as Satan or the devil. This may comfort some who want explanations to explain the senseless tragedies in the world, and why God was helpless to act. Many religions including the Christian religions believe in this concept of evil.
But maybe evil is like a negative energy that comes from our minds, and God has no control over. Just like gravity, if you throw an object up, it will definitely come down. Maybe this negative energy from our minds accumulates and needs to be released. Possibly it is released randomly, as tragedies or natural disasters. Or some may believe in causality (not random), as cause and effect. But in both cases suffering occurs.
Maybe like a balloon that burst if more air were placed, evil energy needs to be released in the form of disasters. Maybe the evils in our minds (greed, arrogance, and self love) accumulate daily and needs to be released? This release occurs randomly and like the law of gravity, devoid of God’s actions. What would occur if the evils in our hearts decrease? Would disasters in the world also decrease?
In our religion we believe that evils (greed, arrogance, and self love) cause the sufferings in the world. If we can think of these evils as negative energy that has to be dissipated, then we can place these tragedies as consequences due to the world’s frame of mind. We can also envision the sorrow that God experiences when these tragedies occur.
To alleviate the world’s sufferings, God has given us a prayer, to sweep the evils (greed, arrogance, and self love) from our hearts. With God’s guidance, the evils in our minds dissipate, and the sufferings in the world will finally subside.
“Evil sweeping, save us please, Universal Saving God”