The Purpose of Evil

Some kind of friction – or force – has to be present which urges evolution onward. Humanity evolves because of our innate urgings to improve our condition.”

This amazing article By Paula Peterson explains the dark/light scenario that I was explainging in my Taiji articles 😀

Until we’ve gathered enough experiences of suffering we will one day not need any more — for we understood the relationship between light and dark.


No one wants to suffer, of course – and most folks don’t want to be the cause of suffering in others either.

Nevertheless, there are still plenty of folk who DO deliberately cause suffering for others and don’t mind that they do. Its almost as if its their job to do so.

And who knows … if it takes pain and suffering to get some of us to wake up, then maybe evil – otherwise known as suffering in a wide variety of forms – is here for a very good reason.

There might be a cosmic classified “Help Wanted” ad posted somewhere in the Universe:



Help Wanted:

Applications now being accepted for:

Obnoxious, Corrupt, Unethical, Vicious, Nasty, Creepy Villains.
MISSION: expedite human evolution on planet Earth.
A wide variety of positions available – from pond scum to nation leader.
Must have ability to maintain an incorrigible disposition; sustain shocking deception and illusion; invoke fear and apathy in others; promote competition and greed;
provoke conspiracy and confusion.
The ability to multi-task in all these areas is considered a plus.

Must be especially willing to annoy, harass, pester, tempt and deceive decent humans who are striving to be honest, kind, enlightened, peaceful and loving folk.
This is a full time but temporary residential position until
purification and liberation of humankind is achieved.
Please submit resume with application.


According to ancient Hindu legend (and legends and myths tend to rise out of factual situations) trying to resist the causes of suffering and spiritual darkness – sometimes referred to as evil – is ultimately pointless.

Why? Because discomfort causes change, growth and movement. And for the most part, the more we suffer physically or spiritually, the more we are assured that growth is evident – even transformational.



In getting back to ancient Hindu legend, there are names for these forces that cause suffering: they are called Asuras and are the equivalent of demons. In ancient times, they were actually considered demi-gods and were just as powerful as the “good gods”.

In instigating trouble, the Asuras never give up. In fact, they can’t give up because they are built into the structure of nature, where certain events and situations are inevitable. The universe depends just as much on darkness as it does on light – just as it depends on death as much as it does on life. There are cycles … that is all … and one cannot exist without the other.

Since God created creation … then everything in it must be of God, too (or whatever that Higher Power is to you). Therefore, good and evil are two sides of the same force. God created both because both are needed.

Some kind of friction – or force – has to be present which urges evolution onward. Humanity evolves because of our innate urgings to improve our condition. As an example: you’re cold … so you get up and move to a warmer climate or you collect wood and build a fire. If you don’t want to move or you don’t like taking the time to gather wood and build a fire before you can get warm, then eventually you’re urged or “inspired” to invent a more convenient form of warming things up … like a stove or an electric heater.

You’re hungry so you grab your bow and arrow and start hunting. Or you pick berries, pull up roots and harvest leaves. If hunting or picking berries is too time consuming or its slim-pickins in your neck of the woods for game, berries or leaves – then again you’re urged or “inspired” to invent a more convenient form of raising and collecting food and storing it for future use. You “hunt” at the local grocery store and you stock up the fridge.

You don’t like your job so you go out and apply for another one: hopefully one you’ll like better where you can excel and you’ll be appreciated for your skill. Or you quit working for someone else and build your own business to enhance self-satisfaction.

You’re unhappy with yourself or how your life is going so you start looking at all the ways in which you can make positive change in yourself. On and on and on ….

None of the changes or inventions would have happened if it wasn’t for some form of discontent or discomfort in our lives that provoked us to grow and make changes.

Evolution continues because there is a persistent poking and prodding that won’t let humans become too complacent or lazy. Sooner or later, something will happen that will urge us to move beyond our current comfort zone – or we become stagnate. Such poking and prodding tends to occur more often when growth and change has slowed to a crawl.

Remember this one? “God comforts the disturbed … and disturbs the comfortable”.

As a general rule, the more comfortable we are, the less growth we experience. Of course, it doesn’t have to be this way. But until we learn to grow, change and evolve through increasing our love and enjoyment, we’ll still need that ‘ol fire built under our bums to get us going. And that’s where the Asuras come in.

Just like many of you … I dislike using the word “evil” since it tends to conjure up uncomfortable and spooky images and stories as well as some archaic belief systems. Some of you reading this were raised on church sermons or Bible interpretations where “sin” is punishable in a place called “hell” where the demons harass us forever and from whom we can never escape. Some interpretations state that demons already exist among the human population.

So when we truly grasp the purpose of the Asuras, we can be liberated from the prison of their influence and effect.

The power the Asuras have had over us for eons is a power that has only been real because we gave great amounts of attention to the suffering in our lives.

If the Asuras are meant to be here because its their job to irritate us into becoming better humans, then why spend half a life time lamenting past mistakes or past losses when they were meant to happen?

Now .. .this doesn’t mean that we should not mourn our losses. Nor does it mean that we should not regret some of our actions. On the contrary, these emotions and realizations seem to be a significant process that is important to being human.


The Asuras are given power only through our interpretations and beliefs. If we can, instead, see the Asuras as simply being another part of life, then doing so can diminish the force of their annoyance. They will persist, of course … but it becomes increasingly difficult for them to influence us and bring us down when we transcend our own darkness by changing the meanings we give to the events in our lives. By doing so we end up moving through loss and disappointment with greater grace and ease. We learn to rise above and leave behind our sadness, resentments, regrets and grudges because we learn to let these experiences teach us important truths about ourselves so we can grow … and we cease to wallow for months or years in remorse, regret or self-pity.

[I think, we eventually grow and evolve without so much pain and suffering, after we had enough.  we eventually , at some point in our spiritual journey …]

stop feeding the Asuras. And we do that by putting less attention on our suffering and more attention on our successes; less attention on whats wrong with us and more attention on whats right with us. So it is with our perceptions of others and the world at large: less attention on whats wrong more attention on whats right.

Doing so doesn’t mean denying that there is suffering: for suffering cannot be ignored by anyone with a heart. And its not about denying and overlooking our faults. However, most of us still focus the greater portion of our attention on our faults and the faults of the world.

Whatever receives our attention – an idea, a belief, a perception, a viewpoint – that’s where the energy goes. And that’s how our reality becomes reinforced.

The ideal situation seems to be that eventually we put the Asuras out of a job! Or at best … they may be sent to some other distant galaxy where its inhabitants are in need of a little fire under their bums to provoke a more expeditious evolution. Or if they continue to stick around planet Earth because they are intrinsically built into the fabric of nature then perhaps – as humanity becomes more enlightened and free – the influence of the Asuras will be restricted to pond scum.

Namaste’ ~ Paula Peterson



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