What is ‘good’ and what is ‘bad’?

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How to discern good and bad?


I'm trying to equate this to like, polarity. I mean we have, we have light and dark, we have hot and cold, do we have an evil and not evil if you will? Or a good and bad?


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What is ‘good’ and what is ‘bad’?

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Questioner: I’m trying to equate this polarity. We have light and dark. We have hot and cold. Do we have an evil and not evil, if you will, or a good and bad?

Sadhguru: See, good and bad is not in terms of your belief, or your idea. Anything that sustains and enhances life, is what life should be looking for. See, don’t look at yourself as a person. Don’t look at yourself as a man. Don’t look at yourself as an American. Don’t look at yourself from any identity. You just look at yourself as a piece of life, which is the reality, isn’t it? You’re just a piece of life. So what is life looking for? Always seeking how to enhance it, isn’t it?

If somebody, because of his ideas or his nonsense, is going against this basic happening of life, and enhancement of life, we generally term it negative, or maybe we can call it bad, or evil. But it’s just a word. Fundamentally, you’re going against your own life. That is the negativity. So in that context, yes. But not as a morality. Because moralities keep changing from society to society it’s different, from generation to generation it’s different, isn’t it? Isn’t it so?