Battle of good versus evil
Abstract - The battle of good versus evil
The subtle-battle of good versus evil has been waged periodically since the earliest times. It is once again being fought in the subtle-world during the years 1999 – 2006. After the intensity of subtle-battle is reduced in 2006, a gross battle on Earth will ensue. Thereafter, the world will undergo a period of flux recovering from the battle on Earth and preparing for a new era. This new era will be known as the Divine Kingdom and with it humanity will see a thousand years of peace and Righteousness (Dharma). The times we live in are very significant as the ramifications of this battle will be felt by the entire universe. However the current times are also highly conducive for spiritual practice to attain God-realisation (the highest spiritual state).
1. The definition of good and evil
From a Spiritual science standpoint, people who are living or who have passed on (subtle-bodies) who have an intense desire to do spiritual practice with the goal of surrendering everything including ego unto God and aligning their life with attaining God and Deities, are defined as ‘good’. These are typically persons who are above the 30% spiritual level, are raja-sattva or sattva predominant and righteous. People without the above mentioned characteristics but doing some good deeds like donating to orphanages etc., though meritorious, do not necessarily qualify for what Spiritual science would define as ‘good’ people, especially if the act is done with immense pride. Good people and good subtle-bodies collectively come under ‘good forces’.
On the other hand, evil persons (living or subtle-bodies) are Raja-Tama or Tama predominant, unrighteous and have a high ego. They may even be doing spiritual practice but it is done with the goal of acquiring spiritual power for the fulfilment of some personal ambition. The word ‘Ego’ is used in a spiritual context here. In addition to its everyday usage as an overbearing self esteem and a high level of self conceit, it also includes the spiritual connotation of an attitude of duality with God. Duality means thinking of oneself as having an existence distinct from God. Evil people and evil subtl- bodies collectively come under ‘evil forces’.
From a strictly Spiritual science perspective those who are doing spiritual practice with the objective of God-realisation and who are progressively offering their body, mind, wealth and ego to God would qualify in the ‘good’ category. Thus according to this definition of ‘good’, in present times the good people on Earth are negligible. A majority of the people come under 'evil'. Among these however, those who try to harm society and reduce the sattva component in the world amount to 30% of the population.
2. Where did good and evil come from?
2.1 When did evil come into existence?
Everything in the universe has originated from the One God. The God principle permeates everything in the universe and also exists beyond it. From this perspective both good and evil have originated from the God principle. They have both existed since the creation of the universe. However the evil was in seed or latent form at that time.
According to a spiritual law ‘everything has originated from the God principle. It will be sustained and then undergo dissolution back into the God principle. This happens as per an inherent absolute plan. Thus the universe has come into existence, it will be sustained for a predefined period of time and then it will undergo dissolution. As a part of this divine plan, the evil that was in seed form at the origin of the universe steadily grows. It manifests in the form of evil elements and persons. With the passage of time, the evil element will keep on growing until it reaches 100%, at which point the universe will cease to exist.
2.2 Where do good and evil forces get their energy from?
Since both good and evil come from the Supreme God principle, they also get their spiritual energy from God. This may seem like a paradox; however it can best be understood by the following analogy. Two employees of a company work equally hard and earn the same wage. After the money is in their hands, it depends on them how they will use it. One person may use it to feed himself and after that whatever is remaining to help society. The other person may use it to harm society. Earning money is akin to obtaining spiritual energy that we get when we do spiritual practice. The intention behind doing spiritual practice is very different for good and evil people. For the former, it is to merge with God whereas for the latter it is primarily to get spiritual power. Once we build up our reservoir of spiritual energy, God gives us the free will to use it as we please. This spiritual energy when used by people for Righteousness is known as good energy and when used for unrighteousness it is known as evil energy.
The important point to note is that when it is used for righteous means, one experiences oneness with that aspect of God. Hence he can access that much divine energy corresponding to the extent of the oneness. Thus one does not end up losing any spiritual energy. However when spiritual energy is used for unrighteous means, it being contrary to God, the person ends up using the energy that he gained from spiritual practice, thus depleting it.
3. What is the mission of good and evil?
The mission of the good forces is to establish an order across all the regions of the universe based on the Sattva component. On the other hand, evil forces strive to establish a demonic kingdom based on the Raja and Tama components. This demonic kingdom is a kind of kingdom that is most conducive for demonic forces to fulfil their desires. These desires have a wide range, right from indulging excessively in sensual pleasures and the inappropriate use of power, to troubling seekers of God, to wiping out spiritual practice for God-realisation.
4. The balance between good and evil
As a result of the missions of good and evil forces being diametrically opposed to each other, there is always conflict between the two. This balance fluctuates over time and is never constant. Its effects are felt across all the regions of the universe. For example, when there is an increase in the power of demonic forces and ghosts (demons, devils, negative energies, etc.) the situation across all the positive planes of existence (Earth, Heaven etc.) begins to worsen. On the Earth region (Bhūlok), it affects us at a physical, mental and spiritual level. However the negative regions (i.e. all the various levels of Hell or Pātāl) experience a positive effect in their paradigm. When there is a tilt in the balance towards good, there is an increase in the subtle basic Sattva component and Bliss is experienced throughout the universe. Peace and prosperity reigns on Earth. The demonic forces are however distressed by this positive trend. Their degree of discomfort is akin to that of forcing a criminal to live in a seminary or shrine.
4.1 What are the reasons behind the tilting of the balance in the direction of the evil forces?
At every twist and turn, evil forces in the universe are trying to adversely influence the balance of power. Despite the demonic forces’ constant attempts to reduce the subtle Sattva component and stop seekers of God from practising and spreading spirituality, the good forces reign supreme as long as there are Saints and seekers doing spiritual practice. This is because God helps Saints and seekers to overcome the evil forces due to their devotion.
The major reservoir of power of good and evil resides in the subtle-regions. The forces of good and evil on Earth are like puppets on strings. They both get their power from the forces of good and evil respectively in the subtle-realm.
4.2 Spiritual level and attack by ghosts (demons, devils, negative energies, etc.)
The demonic forces generally attack the good forces that are within +/- 10% spiritual strength of their own strength. The reason for this is that a ghost cannot affect a person where there is a difference of 10% in spiritual level in favour of the person. This is because a person is able to harness 10-20 % of God’s protection, more than the level of distress by ghosts, which protects him from an attack by a ghost having a lower spiritual energy.
Those ghosts at a spiritual level of more than 10% of a person’s spiritual level do not bother to attack him, as he is too small to contend with and thus inconsequential to the ghost. So for example, a person at 30% spiritual level will be attacked by a ghost (demon, devil, negative energy etc.) in the range of 20 – 40% level.
It becomes easier for demonic forces of evil to exert their power over mankind especially when people are more materialistic and less inclined to practising Spirituality. When there is an increase in the Tama component in mankind, demonic forces themselves being Tama predominant, easily take advantage of the situation and try to establish their control over humanity.
Refer to the article, “To what extent does spiritual level provide a protection against ghosts?”
5. When does the battle between good and evil intensify?
The battle between good and evil intensifies when the subtle basic Sattva component hits rock bottom and the subtle basic Tama component reaches a high. The Sattva hitting rock bottom is a function of the percentage of evildoers on Earth. What is ‘rock bottom’ differs over time and changes with each era. For example, the worst period of Satyayug (the first era of the universe) would be far more sāttvik than the period of highest sāttviktā in the whole of Kaliyug.
Please note: The figures for the first three eras are for the main era, not for the mini-cycles within it.
In the future, in the next mini-cycles, rock bottom will come after the evildoers have crossed 35%, 40% etc. When they become 100%, the universe will cease to exist because all will have to be annihilated by God.
6. Where is this battle fought?
The battle between good and evil is fought mainly in the subtle-worlds between the subtle good and subtle evil forces. This battle, even though at a much larger scale than any battle on Earth, can only be perceived by a person who has an activated sixth sense.
After the subtle-battle is won by the subtle good forces, it is followed by the battle in the gross (physical) i.e. on Earth. This gross war affects the entire world. It is required to annihilate all the evil persons from the face of Earth. At first the battleground manifests on Earth in people’s minds and it seems like we are living in a world that has gone crazy. This is pretty much like the world in recent times. This is primarily because of ghosts (demons, devils, negative energies, etc.) possessing or affecting mankind. Along with this there is an increasing intensity of natural disasters (floods, tsunamis, epidemics, drought etc.).
Later the battle in the subtle, manifests and escalates on Earth. It finally presents itself as a major world war along with natural disasters of a monumental level. It is nature’s way of cleansing the planet of the Tama predominant elements, making way for a better world.
7. Who participates in the battle between good and evil?
Those persons and subtle-bodies on the good side, within the 30-50% spiritual level range, have an understanding of the issue only at a psychological level. As they lack spiritual strength beyond 50%, they can contribute little at a spiritual level. Such people who are fighting physically on Earth usually perish. But at least they accrue merits because they fought on the side of God. Those at a spiritual level of 50% and above, having spiritual emotion (bhāv) and a warrior's attitude are really able to participate in the battle at a spiritual level and thus contribute maximally. “To be able to participate at a spiritual level” requires one to have a very low ego, an advanced activated sixth sense and a strong understanding of pure Spirituality that is beyond sectarian or organised religion. Only then is one able to perceive God’s will and act accordingly rather than according to one’s own will. As the acts done by the person are as per God’s will, the person is able to access Divine energy and also does not create a give-and-take account with his actions. The devotion of the person also causes God to rush to his aid. It is because of God rushing to the aid of the true devotee, that the people associated with the devotee and his mission also benefit. This can be understood from the following analogy. When a devotee of God, trapped in a building in the middle of an earthquake, cries for help from God, God will save him. But others in the building will also be automatically saved.
Most of the seekers of God across the world, who have not studied the subtle-battle aspect of Spiritual science or who do not have an activated sixth sense are not in the know of it. As a result, they can neither prepare themselves to face the attack by demonic forces, nor can they participate in the battle. Most Saints on Earth who are involved purely in their own individual spiritual practice are also unaware of this battle. As per their spiritual level, God functions through them. But other than that function, there is little they can contribute to the battle of good and evil.
There are very few Saints who are actively involved in guiding seekers to do spiritual practice for the sake of society. They do so, due to Their yearning for establishing Righteousness on Earth. They are thus more extensively one with God whose fundamental characteristic is Righteousness. Spiritual practice for the sake of society includes assisting humanity in understanding and practicing Spirituality according to the six basic principles of Spirituality and living a righteous life. Hence, God functions to a much greater extent through them. Consequently, they are actively involved in the subtle-battle and are guiding seekers to fight this evil at a spiritual level. All persons and subtle-bodies below the 30% spiritual level, with high ego, those engaged in criminal orterrorist activities, those perpetrating sexual offences and denigrators of Deities or symbols of worship and reverence etc. fight on the side of evil forces. Religious fundamentalists think they fight on God's side and indulge in (religious) terrorism but they too come under evil forces. As a part of this subtle-battle, higher level ghosts (demons, devils, negative energies, etc.) force the spiritually weaker ancestors' subtle-bodies to make use of their give-and-take accounts with their good descendants to trouble them.
8. When was the first battle between good and evil fought?
The lifespan of the universe is divided into 4 eras i.e. Satyayug, Trētāyug, Dwāparyug and Kaliyuga. The current era we live in is the last era of the universe and is called the Era of Strife (Kaliyug) and it will last for 432,000 years. We are currently 5,500 years into this era. (Refer to the picture below).
In each era there are smaller cycles of Satyayug, Tretayug, Dwaparyug and Kaliyug. Each small era cycle is further sub-divided into even smaller four eras. This sub-division of mini-cycles within mini-cycles re-occurs until it is six levels deep. The smallest mini-cycle lasts for a period of about 1000 years. The figure of 1000 is as per the time calculation in present times. For example, a corresponding mini-cycle in Satyayug era would be much longer. This is because Satyayug was an era which had a very high subtle Sattva component. One of the characteristics of Sattva is expansiveness, whereas that of Tama is decay. Hence one year of Kaliyug would essentially mean many more years in Satyayug.
At the beginning of creation the balance was 100% in favour of the good forces as the demonic forces were only in latent/seed form. This is because in the first era, i.e. Satyayug, all of mankind was engaged in spiritual practice. In fact, their entire life was spent with the attitude that every aspect of their life is spiritual practice itself and of service to God. When the mini-Kaliyug in the last mini-cycle of Satyayug began, the total number of evildoers on Earth became more than 2% of the entire population. The subtle Tama component was high enough for the evil forces, i.e. ghosts (demons, devils, negative energies, etc.) to strike their claim to supremacy. This was the first battle between the good and evil forces and it was waged at the end of this mini-cycle Kaliyug in the last mini-cycle of the Satyayug.
9. The present subtle battle
The present era we live in is the Kaliyug, part of the Kaliyug, part of the Kaliyug, part of the Kaliyug, part of the Kaliyug, part of the main Kaliyug. We are therefore living in the darkest part of this mini-cycle of the main Kaliyug era where materialism, lack of Spirituality and selfishness of man has reached its peak. All these are representative of an increase in the Tama component in people.
In 2006 the balance between the good and evil forces is in the ratio of 70:30. Presently evildoers in society have reached the 30% mark. For this part of the era, this means that the Sattva component has hit rock bottom. It is something akin to a share market where when the index goes below a psychological barrier we say that the share market has bottomed out.
One may ask, “If the balance is currently 70 to 30 in favour of good then how can there be a problem?” After all, it contradicts the last paragraph under point one which states that the majority of the people of the world are evil.The answer is that most of the good forces are in the higher regions of the universe. In these high planes of existence they are so one with the non-materialised (nirguṇ) form of God that they maintain an observer attitude. The evil forces take advantage of this state of the good forces and set themselves up to strike and establish supremacy on Earth.
In the current times, mankind is at the threshold of witnessing a historic change from the mini era of Kaliyug to the mini era of Satyayug within the main era of Kaliyug. This change of era will also bring about a means of cleansing the planet of Tama predominant people and elements.
Unknown to most of mankind, in the years 1999 – 2006, a major battle of good versus evil has taken place in the subtle-regions. In the past decade, this subtle-battle has also manifested a little in the physical Earth plane. We have seen an increase in intensity of natural disasters, rampant wars and anti-social activity. The primary reason for this is because of the increase in the subtle Tama component that is associated with evil i.e. ghosts (demons, devils, negative energies, etc.) and a society that lacks in spiritual practice and a lifestyle of Righteousness.
9.1 Details of the present subtle battle of good versus evil
Starting from the year 1999, the battle between good versus evil has been intensifying in the subtle-regions. Deities and Saints have been fighting this battle against very powerful forces of evil i.e. ghosts (demons, devils, negative energies, etc.) in the subtle-world. Basically this fighting by the good forces is totally in the subtle and takes place at the ' level of existent power'. The level of existent power can be understood by the analogy of the Sun. Everyday when the Sun rises, the flowers bloom. The Sun does not ask or make the flowers bloom. It happens automatically by the very presence of the Sun. Similarly by Their very existence the omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent Saints and Deities, through their Divine consciousness (Chaitanya) that is transmitted continuously, fight the battle.
Refer to the article on the Hierarchy of power in the universe.
Seekers of God doing spiritual practice for the sake of society participate in the battle with their little might. When they spread the awareness of Spirituality within society as part of their spiritual practice they are attacked by ghosts (demons, devils, negative energies, etc.). Seekers of God are able to overcome these attacks by the use of spiritual healing methods as well as through their spiritual power gained through spiritual practice and blessings and grace of God. The forces of evil in the subtle-world also possess and give energy to the anti-social elements on the Earth plane as shown in the diagram below. The result is when we switch on the news on television we see a world that is increasingly chaotic with lack of morality, insane behaviour, rampant terrorism and wars.
Since most people do not understand the spiritual cause or perspective behind the chaotic present times, they try to rectify the situation through physical means such as waging a war against terrorism, etc. or psychologically by having conventions, summits etc. However this is not the solution. Basically as all the anti-social elements are powered by (i.e. are puppets of) the subtle evil forces, it is not possible to annihilate or overcome them by physical or psychological means. Even if the worst of the anti-social elements on Earth were to be eliminated, ghosts (demons, devils, negative energies, etc.) would simply possess yet another anti-social element giving them their spiritual power. This spiritual power is far more powerful than any physical power.
The state that the world is in 2006 can only be rectified if the evil in the subtle world is overcome. This is the reason why Deities and Saints have been engaged in a subtle-battle, fighting superior subtle-sorcerers (māntrik) from the deepest regions of Hell, with their spiritual strength in the years 1999 to 2006.
The subtle-battle is at its peak in 2006 and it will slowly begin to subside in the subsequent years as the subtle-forces of good overwhelm the forces of evil. The anti-social elements that were initially getting their energy from subtle-sorcerers among the ghosts (demons, devils, negative energies, etc.) in the subtle, will no longer have access to that spiritual energy. As a result, the anti-social elements on Earth and the rest of mankind that is being possessed and affected will reduce. Due to this they will be overcome. This will be followed by a physical war affecting the entire globe. The battle in the physical is also required to annihilate all the evil persons and elements from the face of the Earth. In the major physical battle that will ensue in the coming years along with an increase in natural disasters the world population will decrease considerably. The scale of the physical battle will be unlike anything anyone has seen before and all of mankind will be affected. People with a lower spiritual level i.e. below 30% are more likely to be adversely affected in this change. Those who are evil will be wiped out as they will be fighting on the side of the evil. Those who are sitting on the fence, i.e. neither on the evil nor on the good side will also be wiped out in the crossfire.
9.2 What happens after the battle
• For Demonic Forces:
After the battle when the subtle demonic forces have been conclusively subjugated, they will stop fighting and go away to undertake rigorous spiritual practice to regain spiritual strength so that they can stake their claim of supremacy on the universe yet again. Also as a result of the demonic forces being overcome, a period of Sattva predominance will follow on the Earth region and all the regions above the Nether region (Bhuvarlok). The mini-Satyayug known as the Divine Kingdom will begin. This era is ushered in at all the regions above Earth first and then comes on to the Earth as well.
• For mankind
We are in the midst of a watershed in the history of mankind. After the physical battle, there will be a period of trial and error as the world adjusts to the new world order and picks up the pieces. During this time, the potential to run the Divine Kingdom will be generated in the surviving people. This will continue till the year 2022. After this period of flux, humanity will experience almost a thousand years of peace. In the new era, there will be renewed spiritual awakening and flourishing of disciplines such as the science of Āyurvēda, hitherto unaccepted as a mainstream science by the world.
It is important to note that these thousand years will be the last divine era in the universe. The Sattva component generated in this era will be all the that will be available to mankind till the end of the universe some 400,000 years later. There will be no fresh generation of the subtle basic Sattva component after these thousand years as the universe will slowly go downhill towards Tama and hence its inevitable dissolution.
Among all the planes of existence in the universe, the Earth region is most conducive to spiritual practice. Unfortunately when the period of peace and prosperity ensues, over time mankind gets lost in worldly pleasures and forgets about spiritual practice. As a result of this the sattvikta starts declining. Consequently there is a progressive rise in unrighteousness that further decreases the sattvikta and increases the Raja-Tama. This decline in Sattva and increase in Raja-Tama affects all the regions. Though it affects the subtle-regions only fractionally, even that marginal decline in Sattva component causes severe distress to the good subtle-bodies in the regions above Bhuvarlok who are used to uniform high Sattva levels at all times.
10. The spiritual significance of the current times
One aspect of spiritual practice is to transcend the basic subtle-components, i.e. one has to progress from the Raja-Tama present status to Raja to Sattva and finally transcend even beyond Sattva. During the period before the onset of the universe, the three basic subtle-components are present in equal proportions, i.e. they nullify or balance each other. At all times after the universe came into existence, a particular subtle basic component has been predominant. For example in Satyayug, the Sattva component was predominant and now in Kaliyug it is the Raja-Tama component that is predominant.
It is beneficial to undertake spiritual practice during twilight periods such as sunset, sunrise and an eclipse. The reason is that during this period the three subtle-components of Sattva, Raja and Tama are in equal proportions as in the pre-universe times. Due to this it becomes easier to undertake spiritual practice to advance to a state beyond these three subtle basic components. As God is beyond these three basic components, by going beyond them ourselves, we merge into God which is the ultimate purpose in spiritual growth.
The period between the years 1999 – 2022 represents a twilight period between two eras as we move from a darker age (mini-Kaliyug) to a better one (mini-Satyayug) within the main era of Kaliyug. During this twilight period of 23 years, any spiritual practice undertaken by one according to the basic principles of Spirituality will benefit one immensely.
In fact, each year of spiritual practice in these 23 ‘twilight’ years is equal to 50 years during the course of an era. Taking adulthood to be about 50 years in an average human’s lifespan; spiritual practice undertaken in these 23 years would approximately be equivalent to 1000 years. Another way of looking at it would be that we would be getting the benefit of 20 lifetimes of spiritual practice in just one lifetime.
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