Spiritual Questions and Answers with Radhanath Swami

Radhanath Swami’s Answer to “Why Did God Create Evil & Negativity?”

By on September 13, 2010 in Insights with 76 Comments

Why did god create Evil & NegativityQuestion to Radhanath Swami: What was God’s purpose behind putting elements of negativity in the creation?

Radhanath Swami : We are responsible for the negativity. God creates the opportunity, but then according to our desires and our ambitions we create the world we live in, the situations of this world. Just like, a father gives his children so many nice gifts. The children have the right to use those gifts to do something very nice for each other or they can beat each other with their gifts. So that’s the choice of the children.

God is like the sun. Sun is all light, Sun is the source of all energy within this world. Is it not? Now, what if you turn your back to the Sun? You see shadow. Shadow means darkness. Is there darkness in the Sun? No. Similarly, there is no bad or evil in God. There is only pure good and love in God. But when we turn our back to Him, we see ignorance, darkness, and the absence of God. Since time immemorial we are just becoming more and more deeply involved in the intricacies and implications of the darkness of the shadow. Human life is meant to turn around again towards light and be enlightened. It is really simple—just turn around and your whole life becomes enlightened.


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  • Deepak

    Thank you sooooooooo much posting this nector.

  • swapnil

    This is commonly asked question.Nice and clear answer by Radhanath Swami.

  • naresh Jethwa

    Maharaja has given such a possitive answer to this quation. be possitive in life at every situation. Haribol…

  • Abhijit Toley

    This is a brilliant explanation of one of the trickiest questions that most theologies find impossible to answer.

  • viren

    thanks for launching such a wonderful website!

  • mona

    Maharaj has so beautifully explained giving example of the sunlight.

  • Saveeta

    Very nice example is quoted by Radhanath Swami. It gives complete answer to the question.

  • Ravi Garg

    Very graphis explanation by Swamiji…..thanks for guiding us

  • Anita Iyer

    Wonderful explanation of good and evil. This is a very common question. People do whatever they want and then blame God for evil but are never grateful for the good in their lives. If we turn towards God, we will not see evil.

  • Vinay Malani

    Radhanath Swami’s analogy of the Sun, sunshine & darkness is really brilliant and very effective in explaining the fact that God has only created wonderful things in this Universe. The evil & negativities are all man-made.

  • Sanjay S

    Thank you for helping me understand that i cannot blame God or any other person for my predicament.

  • Jagdish Majethiya

    Perfect answer – Thank you so much Maharaj.

  • Rajesh

    What an answer? amazing swami ji. Only person with enlightenment can give such wonderful answers.

  • jyoti Chilka

    Thanks Maharaj. With the same heart please bless me with the strength to hold spiritual values very sacred in my life.

  • Anant Bhat

    As we know that we all call “Suryanarayan” for sun. And Supreme God 1st knowlege about the god is given to God. Sun is the witness with immediate god in this material world whatever seva we do. One must understand & engage in his service do not think about negativity.

  • Praveen Muley

    beautiful question!! perfect answer!!!!

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    Amazing example of Sun and shadow by Radhanath Swami to understand the evil and good of this world. As Radhanath Swami rightly pointed out, it is we who are responsible for our situation.

  • Anoop goyal

    Thank you Maharaj for giving us right angle to see the things

  • yudhisthira

    Radhanath swami has a very amazing perspective

  • Rajesh Lad

    It was explained so nicely !

  • sandeep kaimal

    nice quote on negatitivity with profound example.

  • Venkata Buddhiraju

    I have not heard such a wonderful answer for this tricky question. so simple yet sublime. Its no surprise that Radhanath Swami has given a brilliant explanation. Unless one’s consciousness is crystal clear and filled with love of God, it is impossible to give such deep insights into such issues

    • anjanadri

      Absolutely RIGHT

  • N Swaminathan

    This is a common practice – we misuse our opportunity and then blame God for the circumstances. With independence comes responsibility.

    • Shikhar Maheshwari

      Absolutely right. Problem is we want to enjoy the rights given to us selfishly without performing our duties selflessly. HH Radhanath Swami is a real lover of God to see the opportunity in adversity.

  • Suresh

    This is a common question asked by many people. Maharaj explaination really convince everyone.

  • Bhaskar

    Simple, sublime yet profound insight to look at the -ve things happening in and around us

  • Deepak

    Very nicely explained about Free Will..

  • Shoba Fernandes

    What a simple and touching explanation of how we could access God

  • Karthik

    Very simple yet profound explanation to very general question many people have. Thanks Maharaj!

  • Vaishali Kamat

    Radhanath Swami has described negativity with such positivity !!

  • Dipti Gaikwad

    Many doubt the existence of God due to the evil they see around them. But Radhanath Swami clarifies this so effectively.

  • Uday

    Beautiful explanation of how we can overcome negativity in this material world,Thanks to Radhanath Swami.

  • nishita

    maharaj has explained the causes of vices in this world
    in such an apt manner.

  • sandeep

    This question is often asked in different words. Radhanath maharaj has given very convinving answer.

  • Vinay Rachh

    Very nice article

    • anjanadri

      Yes very true

  • debanajn

    its very helpful

  • bipin

    All Glories To.H.H.Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    Yes Very True. Every negativity is just a manifestation of our desiring more and more.

    Hare Krishna

  • anjanadri

    Similarly, there is no bad or evil in God. There is only pure good and love in God. But when we turn our back to Him, we see ignorance, darkness, and the absence of God.

    Such a simple, yet complete article. Thanks a ton to Radhanath swami.

  • malathi santosh

    We are responsible for the negativity. God creates the opportunity – I liked it..

  • Radhanath Swami Maharaj has explained the entire creation in such simple words.

  • Yogita Jagannathan

    All people do is blame God for everything bad that happens in the world today. Thank you Radhanath Swami for opening our eyes to our own shortcomings in this matter.

  • Anoop Goyal

    Very nice explanation about the existence of evil

  • umesh

    very wonderful explanation along with apt analogy by Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  • Sanjiv Chandnani

    Evil is creation of man depending on our desires and activities. Thank you so much

  • chaitanya

    Just a simple, clear and easy to understand explanation for all the chaos and turmoil in the world

  • rakesh

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj is great, how easily he explains the ambition of life.

  • debanjan

    very nice example

  • Jagadishnitaidas

    very nice article!!
    thanks Gurudev.

  • Suresh

    I got the answer to this question unknow to me for long time. Thank you Maharaj.

  • Mangesh Kulkarni

    Eyeopener in simple words…

  • Arsh Khanna

    Its very important to understand that there is no bad & evil in God. All negativity is only created by us by not
    realizing the importance of God in our lives.

  • sangharatna bhamare

    what a wonderful analogy. Just turn your face to God. Thank you maharaj.

  • Balaji

    Maharaj very nicely explained the reason for the existence of evil, it is only due to the misdirected desires of people.

  • kumar

    thanks for this wonderful article Maharaj

  • anil manga

    Thank you maharaj

  • Ketan Pendse

    A very wonderful explanation given by Radhanath Swami about good and evil… such a simple explanation with the help of analogy of SUN.

  • Shikhar Maheshwari

    Undoubted faith in the mercy of the Lord as shown by HH Radhanath Swami alone can make a person visualize an opportunity in adversity knowing very well that Lord can never ever be hating any of his beloved child. The negativity exists because we hate ourselves, misidentify ourselves.

  • Ram Mohan Gupta

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj makes it crystal clear by the example of Sun and shadow… God is all good and loving…

  • Pranav Gore

    PAMHO. This is something mind blowing…! And after all quenching…! Thank you Maharaj.

  • Remembering following helps me tremendously:

    Whatever Lord does to us is for our best.

    This is inline with what maharaj is saying: God is all good. There is no evil in Him.

  • Meera Sharma

    Maharajah has given a very nice reply to this complicated question. God did not create negativity, it is our free will to turn our face away from Him.

  • Your words is simple great, Especially for beginners!

  • ks Subramanian

    I faced the very question from a co-passenger on a flight recently. This question agitates the minds of millions today and lacking answers many of them have become agnostic.

    Radhanath Swami’s golden answer should bring light and succour to the impoverished hearts suffering from ignorance.
    I wish his clarion call should reach the whole world which is suffering from negativity.

  • Brahma Valaboju

    Wonderful Answer. thank you maharaj

  • Servant

    A true and a positive approach to the evil of this world by His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  • Gurrappanaidu

    Amazing and positive answer for negativity.

    Thanks Maharaj for crystal clear answer for evil, you opened my eyes.
    Thank you so much Maharaj.

  • Karthik

    Explained with simple analogy. Thanks Maharaj.

  • Guru

    Simply superb !

    Thank you so much for sharing us.

  • Milind M Churi

    Yes it is our choice.We choose evil.God does not give us evil to us because simply He dont have that.He is all Good.Thank you Radhanath Swamiji for nice explaination.

  • Sunny

    Brilliantly answered by Radhanath Swami. We have to just turn around and it solves all the problems…else we continue life after life trying solutions in darkness…

  • Gokul Sundari Devi Dasi

    Wonderful answer ..Thank you so much HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj Ji for the nectar..

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Superb answer and explanation! Very good analogy of the sun. We have negativity not the Lord.

  • anashree

    Very nice. How God is all positive is nicely explained with the analogy of the sun.

  • Asha Kanta Sharma

    This is the ultimate truth of our life…