The Difference Between Good and Evil People

Krishna and Arjuna

by Jayaram V

Notes: I have translated the Bhagavadgita twice. The first one was a loose translation. The second one was a word to word translation with a detailed commentary. The commentary is however different from what you will find here. In this section I will share with you my thoughts about the knowledge, philosophy and wisdom of the Bhagavadgita as I understand it from my perspective. Jayaram V


What distinguishes the good people from the evil ones? Most people can discern the difference between good and evil. By observing a person's behavior they know whether the person is good or evil. There is one fundamental difference between the two. The good ones show moderation and restraint in their thoughts and actions, whereas the evil ones go to the extremes. In their minds even a simple problem may become a major one and consume all their attention.

Good people are always hesitant to initiate a fight even for a good cause, while the evil ones are always eager to start a fight either without a cause or for a bad cause. Evil people are easily provoked and resort to fight at the slightest provocation because they are selfish, egoistic and want to dominate and control others to assert their power and importance. Hence, those who live in the company of evil rarely enjoy peace or stability. They have to cope with mood swings and temper tantrums. If both are evil, you can expect even a more serious problem and bitter fight.

Arjuna had every good reason to fight for a good cause, but he was reluctant. Duryodhana and his brothers were the instigators. Despite sane advice from the elders of their family, They wanted to fight and settle their differences through aggression. They had many opportunities to enter a compromise and avoid the war, but they were reluctant to negotiate a peaceful settlement. When evil people are raring to fight, battles are inevitable. When they want to suppress you or destroy you, you have to fight them and defend yourself even if you love peace. The consequences of any war are always unpleasant, and troublesome to those who have compassion and love for others. Therefore sensitive people like Arjuna always find it troubling if they are drawn into any conflict and forced to take a stand.

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