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| On Evil
Here are some quotes and thoughts on evil.
"Cosmic intelligence has not given equal power to good and to evil... The good exists. Not only does it exist, but with the passage of time we are forced to realize that it always ends by being victorious. Never give way to discouragement, therefore, on the pretext that you see the ravages of evil in the world. Evil wins some battles and you feel threatened by it, that is normal, but that is no reason to lose your faith in good... Suppose that nothing but evil surrounded you – which is certainly not the case – you could still cling to the good that is in you; you could still strengthen and intensify it. Is this certainty, this activity not something which could give meaning to your life, whatever your circumstances?"
(O.M. Aïvanhov, Izvor 239 Love Greater Than Faith, Chapter Seven, pp.124-125)
"We can regard Evil as an essential factor in evolution, as a great awakener, both for individual man and for nations... Just as man becomes strong by exercising his muscles, the mission of evil is to bring man to a higher state of [holy] development."
(Lionel Stebbing, The Secrets of Numbers, p.19)
"We must learn to use criticism and malevolence as stimulants. Whenever someone accuses or condemns you unfairly, just tell yourself that this gives you the ideal conditions in which to grow stronger. If you follow this advice you will one day be victorious, and those who attacked you will be full of shame. Why? Because while they were busy hurting you, they were neither working nor improving, quite the opposite. Now, compared to you, they seem so weak and insignificant!
When all is quiet and we are sheltered from harm, we make no effort, but this calmness is not something to be desired. If you could only understand this, you would realize that in spite of appearances, those who are unfairly persecuted are in a very good position."
Tackling evil may require the people to rise up against the unjust 'laws' of a country.
Human law often protects and enriches a powerful few, whilst enslaving and impoverishing the masses.
Or human 'law' is often used to coerce a people to do inhumane and evil acts.
In these cases, there is a necessity to disobey. A need to fight for human rights, for divine law.
Learn more here, here, here, here, here.
"Noncooperation with evil is as much a duty as cooperation with good." (Gandhi)
"The principle of civil disobedience is recognised in international law after the war crime trials at Nürnberg, Germany, after WWII, which affirmed the principle that individuals may, under certain circumstances, be held accountable for failure to break the laws of their country." (@docrussjackson, 31 March 2022 adapted tweet)
"Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. It is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love." (Gandalf in JRR Tolkien’s LOTR)
"One thing believers have difficulty in accepting is that God, who is all-powerful, doesn’t finally decide to annihilate the evil spirits that come to tempt them. But what they do not know is that these spirits also have the right to live. God will never punish the evil spirits for coming to lead them astray: it is up to them to be more enlightened and stronger, to understand where their real interest lies, to realize why it is preferable to go in one direction rather than another and to have the willpower to take this direction. Would it really be to human beings’ advantage to be forced onto the path of goodness and light in spite of themselves, shielded from temptation and error whatever they do? The creator and heavenly spirits allow them to find their own path, so they can develop their conscience and learn to become responsible for their life decisions." (O.M. Aïvanhov)
"There does exist a negative dimension, and we have created all kinds of nasty thought forms. There are a lot of nasty-type entities around. We potentise the evil forces with negative thoughts every moment of the day. Evil is an energy that maintains itself only if we support it, and therefore the more we transmute evil energy, the more beautiful cosmically this Earth will become." (Lilla Bek, Crown Chakra, track #4, 6m42s; excerpt)
"Do not insist on fighting against your bad inclinations on your own, for not only do you run the risk of not winning, you will weaken and even destroy yourself. Why? Because by battling with yourself, you become divided, and this division makes you even more vulnerable. It is very dangerous to fight yourself. You may say that moral and religious teachings never cease to preach the relentless struggle against the evil in humans. I know, but in doing so, they reveal that they do not know true psychology.
Obviously, it is not a question of letting evil win. But you can learn to defeat it by asking other forces within you to fight in your stead. These other forces are the luminous powers you have attracted and foster through your love for all that is beautiful, great and divine. So, instead of launching a direct attack on your instincts and finding yourself either floored or terribly unhappy because you have had to give up some of the satisfactions you need, set these forces of light against them to neutralize them." (O.M. Aïvanhov)
"Continually asking questions about the existence of evil only saps your strength, and any attempt to suppress evil is an exercise doomed to failure. What do we do in winter against the rain and snow, against storms and the cold? Do we go outside and command the forces of nature to calm down? Perhaps it is like that in fairy tales, but in everyday life we work on our house: we reinforce it, check the insulation, and install good heating. When the job is done, we are at peace.
Well, wisdom tells us to take the same measures with regard to evil. Instead of struggling directly against it, we must concern ourselves only with becoming more resistant, so that we can understand it better and act more effectively. And this is how a misfortune, which otherwise would bring us down, actually helps to strengthen us, to make us hardier and more noble." (O.M. Aïvanhov)
"We have been told that we should not struggle against evil, and many people do not understand what this means. It means that we must not confront evil on its own turf, for that is where it is strongest, and we would inevitably be defeated. But if we succeed in rising above evil, and raining down fire and lightning from above, it will flee! Human beings possess an extremely strong inner fortress that is superbly equipped to withstand attacks. This fortress is the realm of light. Who is to prevent you from putting evil to flight by shining a light on it? Why stand there doing nothing? When people let themselves go, the forces of darkness rejoice, saying ‘What a wonderful opportunity to feast!’ This is how some people allow themselves to be devoured by dark spirits. When this darkness draws near, true disciples defend themselves by projecting light, and this light drives out the darkness." (O.M. Aïvanhov)
Why do evil people seem to get away with it?
"We so often hear said, ‘If God existed, if there were justice in this world, the good would be rewarded and the wicked punished.’ As a matter of fact, good people are rewarded and wicked people are punished, just not at once. Why? Because if the laws punished them immediately for their mistakes, human beings would be wiped out, and they would not even have the chance to mend their ways. Whereas if they are given plenty of time as well as a few small inconveniences to force them to reflect, they will have the opportunity to make amends. And those who do good are not rewarded right away either; if they were, they might well become slack and begin to transgress all the laws. So, heaven gives them time to become stronger and more confident, to know themselves better, and to see to what extent they will continue to do good.
So, there are reasons why the divine laws manifest themselves so slowly, but it is absolutely true that good is rewarded with good and that evil… ends very badly."
"When the chemist pours a few drops of a reagent called ‘litmus’ into a clear acid solution, the liquid turns red. Then, drop by drop, they add an alkaline solution. At first there is no change. But they continue slowly, drop by drop, and all of a sudden the liquid turns blue. From this phenomenon, we can draw a lesson about psychic life. Someone who transgresses divine laws does not immediately notice the disintegration that occurs within them. They imagine they can continue with impunity... But one day, with just one more transgression, they collapse inwardly. This law obviously holds true for good as well. Someone comes and complains to me that for years they have worked on themself, without obtaining any result, and they are discouraged. I have to tell them that their reasoning is faulty, because the effects of this work are not immediately visible and tangible. They must continue, and one day, inevitably, the transformation will occur. With good as for evil, you must not imagine that nothing is happening just because, for a long period of time, you do not notice anything." (O.M. Aïvanhov)
[A video of a similar chemical reaction is here.]
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The limits of evil
"What is bad for some may be good for others. Some beings can live in fire without being burned, so fire is not something bad for them. Poison or the venom of a cobra is deadly for humans, while for some animals it is harmless. Even more simply, take the case of a patient in hospital. His eyes are sore and light hurts them. Light is good for all of us, but for him it is harmful.
We could then say that what human beings call evil is not necessarily so. It may be threatening to them for the time being, because they are still weak or ill, but this is simply a reflection of their personal conception of good and evil. Others, like the initiates, come to a different conclusion, because having learned to harness and use evil; it has become an asset for them." (O.M. Aïvanhov)
"Scientific experiments into hot and cold have not yet discovered the limit for heat, whereas the limit for cold is -273 °C (-460 °F), and it has never been reached. There is a force in nature that prevents reaching the absolute zero. In each thing, in every being, a spark of creative fire was inserted by God, and even though everything would come together to try to extinguish that spark, they could never achieve it. This is the power of the creative fire, of the immortal God which is in everything and which is at work here…
Everyone knows the limits of evil, but no one can reach it. It is because God lives in the souls of criminals where there is still a spark, a little heat. These unfortunate people may have reached -272 degrees, but there is still a small spark inside them that will enable them to climb again the slope of their destiny."
(O.M. Aïvanhov, adapted from Alchemy, Astrology, Magic, Kabbalah (CW4), 1975, pp.133-134)
[He also enlightens us (p.134) that "…the limit of heat is unknown, but we can reach God."] [PWP's comment: Remember that the destiny of all of us is to eventually remember and embody that we have 'A spirit as powerful as God and one with God.']
"Let us suppose you have been unfortunate enough to swallow some poison. The poison has devastating effects on you, but as soon as the doctor gives you a powerful antidote you are saved. Because the antidote restores you to your normal state, its effects seem less dramatic to you than those of the poison. But the antidote is even more powerful because it overcame the poison. And in the same way counterpoison annihilates poison, love eradicates hatred, light eradicates darkness, and good eradicates evil. Because we find good agreeable, we find its presence normal and instead devote all our attention to evil since it is evil that creates discord. But if you go and ask evil what it thinks of good, it will complain about the beatings it had. Ask the dark spirits what happens when a light spirit comes by: they scream and take fright. It’s not the light spirits who take fright! To understand the power of good you need to ask evil." (O.M. Aïvanhov)
Evil as an Inner Battle, within one's Soul
"When the struggle between good and evil is understood to be going on inside of us [as in Star Wars when Luke cuts off Vader's head in the cave and discovers that the face of Vader is himself], it can be very beneficial. This is part of a personal transformation, overcoming our negative aspects, emphasising our good ones. But what often happens, of course, we want to feel that we are good, so we don't find the negative within ourselves - we're going to find it somewhere out there." (David Loy, PhD, Finding Joe, 1h17m19s)
Luke's vision on Dagobah: he is shocked to see himself within Darth Vader's decapitated helmet
(Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back)
This inner battle includes 'Shadow Work'. Here are a few quotes on this:-
It is also important to understand is that it is often human systems (e.g. capitalism, nationalism, patriarchy) that allow or coerce us into the Dark Side (not anger as in Star Wars).
We surely must take responsibility for the mess that these systems have created (e.g. inequality, ecocide)?
We get to work transforming the mess, in any way we can!
Inner alchemy necessitates outer alchemy, as all things are interconnected.
This is about becoming a Buddha of Compassion, wanting everyone to be free of evil. But now - instead of projection ("I'd never do that"; "You are evil") - your work is quieter, less about blame, more about practising simple acts of Light and Love.
Finally, most people are not aware that deeply buried in them is their true essence, an Angel. The Angel is trapped in the Shadow. Connecting to our deep and true angelic Self is probably the most fundamental part of all Shadow Work. Go find your Angel!
"Walk with the sun until your shadow disappears." (Hillwalk Tours)
Shadow Work can also operate at a national or corporate level. For example: Companies that claimed they do not harm include: tobacco; gambling; fossil fuels. China will not admit to the genocide of the Uighurs, nor the Tibetans and others. The USA, the UK and other colonialists refuse to take responsibility for the evils they have sown through slavery, racism, genocides of indigenous peoples, etc. Where are the reparations? Where is the equality? Where is the justice? They aren't doing their Shadow Work.
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So what happens when you have a collectivity of people who are not doing their shadow work?
What happens when there exists a large group of people ready to believe and act without questions?
What happens when many people choose to be neither good or evil?
We get collective atrocities, like systemic racism, slavery, genocide.
"The Negro’s great stumbling block in the stride towards freedom is not the White Citizen’s Council-er or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more devoted to ‘order’ than to justice." (Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr, 16 April 1963)
This cluster of obedience and indifference is what Hannah Arendt called the "banality" of evil. It does not appear evil or demonic but, when taken advantage of, creates atrocities like the Holocaust.
"#TheBanalityOfEvil is the idea that evil does not have the Satan-like, villainous appearance we might typically associate it with. Rather, evil is perpetuated when immoral principles become normalized over time by unthinking people.
... Evil becomes commonplace; it becomes the everyday. Ordinary people — going about their everyday lives — become complicit actors in systems that perpetuate evil.
The crimes of Nazi Germany were not the responsibility of a handful of purely evil men. Those men kickstarted it, but society enabled it: a lack of critical thinking, a desensitization, a human susceptibility to totalitarianism — this is what led to the murder of millions." (Adapted from here, here, here, accessed 15 February 2022)
The Asch Conformity Experiments are evidence from psychology how easy it is for people to become complicit - despite their belief that they act free of group pressure. Read this or watch this 4m10s video. It is mindblowing when you first see it. It shows how easy it is for evil to emerge.
Similarly powerful: Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes exercise of Jane Elliott; Milgram experiment.
So, we must do our shadow work and think critically.
"If we are not able to ask skeptical questions, to interrogate those who tell us that something is true, to be skeptical of those in authority, then, we are up for grabs for the next charlatan (political or religious) who comes rambling along." (Carl Sagan)
Skulls from the Cambodian genocide
"Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act." (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)
[Clearly, if you are being tortured, you may choose to pretend you comply with evil - until you can safely get away from it and denounce it, resist it. Even the SAS do this.]
"There is no such thing as a place of eternal damnation for sinners, and what Christians call hell is a fabrication. Only purgatory exists, which, as the name implies, is the region where, for a greater or shorter length of time, humans ‘purge themselves’ of their faults, that is to say they wash and purify themselves – and this purification is obviously accompanied by suffering.
But human beings' evolution does not stop the moment they atone for their faults. Humans’ true evolution takes place on earth. Since they did wrong on earth, they must return to earth to repair the damage they did there. For having regrets and suffering do not suffice, suffering does not mend the mistakes that were made. Humans must return to earth to repair their mistakes. There is no other explication for reincarnation. If humans had already atoned for their sins in the hereafter, why should they have to come back down to earth again? By law, they are obliged to mend their mistakes in all the regions of the universe where their mistakes caused disorder and destruction." (O.M. Aïvanhov)
"All creatures have to eat and drink to stay alive and then they have to eliminate the waste. What does this waste consist of? All the elements that are no longer of use to the body. But these elements were contained in food and drink that were good since they enabled them to stay alive. Yes, and this is a fact of everyday life that is worth some contemplation.
Whatever the quality of what we eat and drink, there is always waste and this waste needs to be eliminated, and for this there are specific places. This phenomenon occurs in all planes and at all levels of creation. It could therefore be said that hell, with all its inhabitants, should be seen as the place where the impurities of all creatures amass. This hell Christianity has talked about for centuries, depicting it in phantasmagorical shapes and colours, is in fact the rubbish tip where evil – the impurities expelled by all creatures – is discarded." (O.M. Aïvanhov)
"Those who persist in describing hell as a place where miserable sinners are doomed to eternal punishment do not realize how this belief contradicts the love of God, for God never rejects anyone forever. This belief also goes against God's wisdom, because God, who is wise, never lets anything go to waste – in his creation, everything can be used and everything is put to use.
This is another area to explore: the laws of the cosmic economy. As on the physical plane, the same is true on the psychic plane where unclean elements are sent to a place where they are transformed by certain entities. There is a whole system of pipes from which the purified matter emerges to then travel along other circuits to feed, water and fertilize other unknown regions. It is not always the same impure elements that accumulate and stagnate in hell, for new waste constantly arrives to replace what has already been transformed. As such, we can say that hell is a place cut off from divine light, but renewed materials emerge from it to re-enter the stream of life." (O.M. Aïvanhov)
"Black at the top of the head [in the aura] usually means that there has been a life of black magic. There are two things to remember here. If you have had a life of black magic, and opened to the top of the head, after you have died you may realise that this is not what you wanted. In which case, you would go to the blue dimension for healing. Therefore, you go through hell-like experiences, which are very like the pictures that are drawn of hell..." (Lilla Bek, Crown Chakra, track #4, 5m46s; excerpt)
"The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who during times of great moral crisis maintained their neutrality." (Dante Alighieri)
Evil as ignoring your intuition
"We all have a kind of inner magnet which is the synthesis of our thoughts, feelings, and desires, and this magnet attracts the people and situations that correspond to the elements of our psychic life. So as soon as you feel you may have taken the wrong turning, begin by restoring order to your inner world so that you will be more clear-sighted when choosing your way in the future. Of course it is difficult. Of course you will suffer. But that suffering – which you call evil – actually represents the warning signs which cosmic intelligence sends to all of us. It is a rude awakening from sleep and an invitation to reflect and understand that we need to change direction and exert ourselves."
(O.M. Aïvanhov, from Izvor 239 Love Greater Than Faith, Chapter Seven, pp.127-128)
Read The Gift of Fear!
Read Violence & Intuition!
"Black magic exists, I know, but what I know most of all is that by our way of thinking about objects and events, we increase or diminish their power. Since black magic exists – and even supposing that ill-intentioned people want to use it against us – it is by having faith in its power that we reinforce it. Instead, tell yourself that as a son or daughter of God you cannot be attacked so easily by the forces of evil, and it will not affect you.
But you have to be reasonable. If you suffer a failure, an illness, an accident, or a separation, I urge you not to be hasty to attribute it to black magic. First of all, ask yourself sincerely if the cause is not to be found in yourself instead, and find out what you must do to improve the situation. Do not waste precious time in wild imaginings that will do nothing but aggravate your difficulties and your suffering." (O.M. Aïvanhov)
"Some people wonder how one becomes a black magician. Actually, it is very easy. Anyone who gives free rein to their worst instincts, who continually breaks the laws of goodness, justice, and love, who tries to succeed at the expense of others, to oust and destroy them, cannot help but become a black magician. So, it is quite clear.
Many people imagine that in order to become a black magician, one must have a diabolical master who teaches the art of evil spells and incantations. This is sometimes the case, but you do not necessarily need a master to become a black magician. Anybody can become one even without a master, without anything; it is enough to let oneself be guided by one’s lower nature. Similarly, if someone thinks only of helping and enlightening others, they are on their way to becoming a white magician even if they have no master to teach them." (O.M. Aïvanhov)
Who will defeat evil?
"All that is good opposes evil, and it is thanks to love that we can fight hatred. Evil is always defeated in the end, for God refused to make it immortal. We can compare every word and act of hatred to a stone thrown up in the air – with time, it has less force to rise up. Conversely, a good word or an act of kindness can be compared to a stone thrown from the top of a tower – with time, its movement and power gain impetus. This is the secret of good: although it may be weak at first, in the end it is all-powerful and triumphant." (O.M. Aïvanhov)
"We must establish centres of light throughout the world in order to form a link between heaven and earth. These centres are living conduits through which divine blessings descend for all human beings. Happily, such centres already exist, because without them the earth would be prey to all dark and destructive forces. If you truly wish to help your family, your country and the entire world, you must do everything possible to create these centres of light, by means of which the earth enters into contact with heaven. To establish such centres is the most glorious work you can undertake: to help all human souls benefit from your efforts, so that as a result of your work they may receive spiritual nourishment and joy." (O.M. Aїvanhov)
"Be on the lookout for the ways your special skills can serve what the world needs. Because we are the ones we’ve been waiting for." (The Story of Stuff email 9 September 2017)
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing." (Albert Einstein)
Archangel Michael slays the evil dragon
"It is the role of heavenly beings to fight against evil, not that of humans who don't have the stature, the ability or the methods to do so. All those who imagined they were strong enough to go to war against evil have been brought down, because evil is an extremely powerful cosmic force. However, evil is mistakenly seen as being as powerful as the forces of good, and the devil as an entity strong enough to stand up to God forever. But human beings don't have the capacity to overpower this entity. When some brave people think they have been given the mission to eradicate all the evil in the world, they underestimate the dangers to which they are exposed.
However, this is not a reason to remain inactive until the heavenly entities come to slay what the book of Revelation calls the dragon. Every day, while progressing on the path of light, we can strengthen the army of the good, the army of the sons and daughters of God, so as to hasten its victory. When this army is large enough, the entities of darkness will be defeated. If they still exert their destructive activity, it is because humans' greed and inferior desires continue to feed them." (O.M. Aïvanhov)
"Evil will not exist forever. It exists as evil only as long as the Lord gives it the right to; but as soon as He orders it to disappear, it will disappear. Good alone is eternal; evil is transient, but we human beings do not have the power to make it disappear. God alone possesses this power.
God does not need the help of human beings who are too weak and ignorant – the weapons we possess are ineffectual. Since only God can oppose evil, we must let the divine enter us, manifest itself, and work through us. It is the divine within us that will ensure that good takes the place of evil." (O.M. Aïvanhov)
The Eye of God Helix Nebula photomontage
(Connor Matherne, Twitter, 23 July 2022; read more here; fair use, educational)
If God exists, why does God allow pain, suffering, evil?
The Human Catalogue of Evil
No Thank You
Negative Entities - The Devil
Negative Thought Forms
Hell [part of the series on Emotion]
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