A few days back, I attended this Dushera function in my society. I was standing with my family and watching the actors playing mighty Ravana and Lord Rama, fighting with bows, arrows, swords, shields and what not. watching that play was not at all new for me. I’m watching the same play year after year since I was a child. I really believe that it is the most predictable fight where Lord Rama kills the Ravana by piercing the arrow down his naval. Just after a moment, the huge puppets of Ravana are burned with the optimistic note that the good always wins over Evil. I listen to the same statement year after year in the Ramleela ground, of course after the organisers announced the name of the sponsors. But this year, this word evil caught my attention. Evil – What actually evil is? Anything which is bad, unethical and which break the rules is considered as evil. But the question which arises here is, who sets these rules? No one actually knows, there are no provided proofs for that. So what is considered wrong from the point of view of society is flatly termed as evil? Now can anyone tell me what is the actual definition of wrong for them? Suppose, I wake up every morning before the dawn and I love spending my time at the health clubs or at the gym. On the other hand, you like sleeping till late. Do you think I have the right to say that what I’m doing is right and what you doing is absolutely wrong? the obvious answer is – No. Because there is nothing right or wrong in this scenario. I do what is right for me and what you do can be right for you. What is right for me can be wrong for you and what is wrong for me can be right for you. Nothing more and nothing less.
Being right every time can’t push you towards the brighter side from the darker side. Being right doesn’t make you a saint nor being wrong makes you a sinner. Al-Qaeda (Taliban) is considered as one of the most terrible and brutal terrorist group all across the world. In last 9 years, not even a day has passed that I haven’t thought about the brutal attacks of 26/11 in Taj, Mumbai. It was so unacceptable and shocking for everyone to accept how a couple of terrorists entered the hotel and killed innumerable of innocent people. It was undoubtedly one of the evilest act in the Indian history. When Ajmal Kasab, the terrorist who had killed innumerable people, was caught, he was actually very proud of what he did. He was smiling as he was accepting some kind of Noble prize from Indian Government. In his interview, he said that God will be so proud of him as he accomplished the mission of the Almighty. He believed that his place is confirmed behind the gates of Heaven. Whatever he did was appreciable for him. But is it right from our point of view?
I want to again put up this question that what actually is this thing called evil? Where can I find it?
Black Money is evil for our society, but we are still not asking for the cash memo from the seller after purchasing a commodity. Killing an Animal is brutal and categorised under evil but their sacrifice is still extremely common in India. Female foeticide is Evil, how can we kill a child before he or she actually enters into this world? But still, it is very common around us. Corruption, a topic which is very red-hot when we initiate a debate, but it is still residing at a mass level in our economy. It is considered evil, but “Under The Table” format is still common.
Where is Evil? The possible answer is – it is Everywhere. It starts somewhere beneath the ground and ends beyond this infinite sky. Starting from where you are sitting till the Horizon, and maybe beyond that. All of the rules in the society are set in the favour of Evil, not against it. It is present in our thoughts and in our actions. No matter how hard you try to eradicate The evil from the Earth, it will appear again and again. It will just change its form.
Dejected? Disappointed? Seriously??
When you enter a room, which is filled with darkness, what is the first thing that you do? You switch on the lights right? Similar is the case here. If we see the darkness everywhere, I think there is an utmost need to switch on the lights now. We need to switch on the lights in our mind. The problem which I always notice in our society is that we are very much attracted to the negatives. What we are ignoring, again and again, is the positives in our lives. We always take them for granted. Just look around you and you’ll see everyone talking about Murders, Rapes, Terrorist attacks and what not. No one is ready to discuss the constructive and the positive things which are happening around us. it’s been a long time that I haven’t heard anyone talking about finding a solution to all these problems. No one is ready to go deep to understand these problems at a grass-root level. It’s very easy to point out a person and say that this is the guy who is under-confident. No one wants to understand that what can be the various reasons behind his under-confidence.
Rapes, Murders, Female-foeticide are very well connected to those societal rules which are set by an unknown fellow. And somewhere in the race of following those rules, our basic nature is hampered. I’m not saying these rules aren’t good for the society, but our Monkey mind always finds a gap in between those set of rules and try to bend it some other way.
Good or Bad
Right or Wrong
Positive and Negative
They all exist in the mind.
Ravana Kidnapped Goddess Sita but never touched her. Duryodhana sexually assaulted Draupadi, but no one burns his Idol. No one dared to question this, maybe because of some other hidden, societal rules.
I want to conclude my article with the same question I asked in the very beginning –
“What is this thing called Evil?”
Love, Laughter and Peace
Himanshu R Nagpal