Recently I was involved in an email exchange regarding forgiveness, and the scope of the topic expanded into a debate of whether hating evil = loving good (God). Upon recently seeing the movie Django (SPOILER ALERT) in which a freed slave pursues bounties of white criminals, I have developed an even stronger opinion on this subject. Hating evil is NOT the same as loving good. Hating evil is just legitimizing hate and nothing more. It transcends nothing and simply perpetuates a very basic and mundane human impulse, that of pride, egoism, and of course aggression. In the yoga sutras put forth by Patanjali, the 4 attitudes for the yogi to cultivate are as follows:
1.33 In relationships, the mind becomes purified by cultivating feelings of friendliness towards those who are happy, compassion for those who are suffering, goodwill towards those who are virtuous, and indifference or neutrality towards those we perceive as wicked or evil. (emphasis added)
Swamij’s explanation of the rationale behind this last attitude is as follows:
I agree with what he says, yet I would go much further. Swami Vivekananda says that responding to anger with anger and hatred with “validated” hatred is at best a drain on energy and at worst perpetuates a cycle of hatred. Our goal as yogis is to rise above, transcend these petty attitudes and rest in the infinite. In that state, all actions, regardless of intent, are seen as a drama in a play, it is literally impossible to identify with the motivations behind them simply because one’s awareness and personal identification is completely removed from any external stimuli. External stimuli are arbitrary and novel to the true yogi.
To get back to the practical problems of countering hate with hate, anger with anger, etc., we see in the movie Django (SPOILERS) that in killing vicious slavers, Django only incites them to take more revenge and become more angry towards their slave populations. Fast forward to current times, people watching this movie are now reminded of an obsolete past and emotions that are at best uncomfortable and at worst resentful and angry. These feelings are based on history that in actuality is as far removed from our current experience as any fiction. To identify with these archaic and obsoleted paradigms, we unnecessarily engender antiquated and problematic emotions into our culture. This is the same exact concept with regards to movies about killing Nazis, as in Tarantino’s other flick, “Inglorious Bastards.”
Ultimately, Rastus says it best. In order to move forward we need to FORGET. In order to evolve as people we must truly BECOME people – fulfill our spiritual potential. A human being’s true state is unbound, unconditioned, and free. The yogi works towards this with wisdom and discipline, but the average individual has not the critical thinking capacity to discriminate useful lessons regarding racial differences with arbitrary and manipulative attitudes promoted by the PC media or angry resentful racial factions (ie, black panthers, white nationalists).
As a mulatto, white/black mix, I am sensitive to these issues in a way many are not. As an intelligent individual I can see perspectives others cannot. As a yogi I have the insight to realize this world is a reality molded by subconscious mind.
To conclude, Rastus had an anecdote about a demon who became enlightened because he spent so much time dwelling on Krishna, and hating him. His mind was so occupied by Krisha, that despite the resentment and hate of this preoccupation, he took on the nature of Krishna and gained liberation and bliss. Likewise, a good man can corrupt himself if he dwells on evil. He will continue to manifest evil and frustrating situations, which he alone feels he can resolve through his righteous anger. He will perpetuate and become that which he focuses on, regardless of the attitude the ego uses to validate this attitude. When I was being trained in a defensive driving course for van certification at camp, the teacher had countless stories of accidents, near accidents, and dangerous road predicaments he was in. He was involved in an exceptional amount of these circumstances. Despite his promotion of good driving habits and his passion to create safe drivers, on a metaphysical level, all he was truly creating by focusing on dangerous scenarios was more accidents. With respect to the audience that reads this blog, I feel I do not have to beat a dead horse regarding metaphysical laws and their influences on your waking reality. Let us truly be yogis. Let us meditate and transcend petty tit-for-tat and energy draining attitudes in our waking state. Peace
PS – To preempt a potential rebuttal about Arjuna’s righteous war against his house; he was doing this out of duty, not egoic or righteous passion. This idea of duty and aloofness from the fruits of action is the fundamental lesson of the Gita (fruits in this sense would be those of ego gratification for doing a “righteous act”).