Suppose Mr. X purchases a new car. Now, once he drives away with his car from the showroom, is it the manufacturer of the car who should be held responsible for the way Mr. X drives it? Should the manufacturer be deemed accountable if the car gets bumped into something and is smudged with scratches and dents? No! Likewise, the manufacturer alias the Creator of our lives is not the one to be held responsible for the kicks and hits of pain we face in our lives.
It can also be answered in this way– God made the law of gravity, thus making it possible for us to walk and remain grounded to the surface of the earth. Now, if you climb a ladder and jump mindlessly, thus violating this law, thereby fracturing your leg, who is to be blamed– the law, the Lord or you yourself?
BUT, IT OFTEN HAPPENS THAT GOOD PEOPLE SUFFER, WHILE THOSE WHO ARE CLEVER AND HURT OTHERS FLOURISH. WHY THIS INJUSTICE IN GOD'S WORLD?
It's basically a corollary to the previous question. Let's say you have a silo, the container for storing the grains. You unload the huge sacks of grains into it, which then are taken out through a shutter opening near the bottom of the drum. Now, it is indisputable that the same type (implying the quality) of grains you put in the silo will come out from the shutter opening.
Similarly, this human garb being blessed by God is the silo. Our deeds vis-à-vis the grains, keep on getting filled in it. Of course, these grains are wholly and solely put in by us. Not even a single grain comes from God or anyone else into our silo. Good grains symbolise good deeds, and rotten grains represent our bad actions. There is one more aspect here, which cannot be ignored in our case. It is that the silo of the human garb is not empty at the time of birth; reason being, it contains the grains of deeds performed in past lives. This lot is further appended with the actions we carry out in this life. Now, suppose, at present you put in a good grain; but, a bad grain (stored earlier) happens to come out, or, vice-versa… would you call it injustice?
The same philosophy works when you do good to others, but in return receive suffering; or, when your colleague/relative deceives you or hurts you, but, in return excels in his personal and professional life!
Therefore, next time when you complain to God saying that He does injustice with good people, think again and ask yourselves… 'Are you justified in blaming Him for your actions?’
HATE, JEALOUSY, VIOLENCE, GREED, LUST– WHY GOD MADE THESE EVILS, THAT TOO DESIGNED IN SUCH A WAY WHICH TEMPT US AND WE ARE EASILY DOOMED?
It's true that everything is created by God, be it good or evil. The scriptures clearly state, "I am the Lord, and there is no one else. I form the light, and create darkness; I make peace, and create evil; I the Lord do all these things.”
It is also true that evil has an attractive covering. Almost everyone tends to fall in its trap. Being deceived by its alluring appearance, we happen to forget that what we think we are relishing, is actually sugar coated poison, killing us every moment!
But, evil has a significant role to play in God's creation. The value of goodness is realised in the contrasting circumstances of evil. Had the blackboard of evil not been there, how would the message of righteousness written with white chalk be visible?
Moreover, evil can be said to be the test-criteria projected by God, to see how wise we are in making our choices! …Whether we go for the trifling attractions and temptations of the world, which have time and again proven to be deceptive? Or, we seek the real beauty and attraction behind every existence in this creation!
The enlightened ones suggest us to utilise the tool of free-will and wisdom in making this choice. They say–
Yat saarbhutam tadupaasitavyam hamso
Amidst the hurdles, be wise to imbibe only the essence; just as the swan sips the milk and discards the water.
Therefore, it is undeniably true that God created Evil. However, He has also created and stored in us the faculty to discriminate between 'Evil' and 'Good'. So, make use of this faculty. Follow the key advice– 'Take the best and leave the rest!'
WHY DESPITE SO MUCH PROGRESS, SCIENCE HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO FIND GOD OR SOLVE THE GREAT MYSTERY?
The answer to this is beautifully expressed by Albert Einstein, who says– “I see a clock, but I cannot envision the clockmaker. The human mind is unable to conceive of the four dimensions, so how can it conceive of a God, before whom a thousand years and a thousand dimensions are as one?”
Besides lacking the requisite level of aptitude in terms of the appropiate tool to realise God, there is a flaw in the direction of search as well. In this context, Swami Vivekanada draws a contrast in the approach of the East and the West, which are often said to have spiritual and scientific bents respectively:
‘Just as the Greek mind, or the modern European mind, wants to find the solution of life and of all the sacred problems of our Being by searching into the external world, so also did our forefathers; and just as the Europeans failed, they failed also. But, the Western people never made a further move; ...they failed in the search for the solution…in the external world; and there they remained, stranded.
Our forefathers (the enlightened sages) also found it impossible, but were bolder in declaring the utter helplessness of the senses to find the solution… They discovered that dull, dead matter would not give them truth, and they fell back upon the shining soul of man, and there, the answer was found.’ ('The Complete Works' of Swami Vivekananda)
WHY IS IT SAID THAT GOD MADE MAN IN HIS OWN IMAGE? HOW CAN THE 'ALMIGHTY' GOD BE THE SAME AS A 'MINISCULE' MAN?
It is somewhat like saying– how can the electric current in the bulb fixed in your room be the same as the electric current in the 'big' power house? Or, how can the space of your small room be the same as the space of the 'whole' cosmos? It's only a matter of realising their oneness by looking beyond the confinement (of ignorance) through the appropriate tool (the Divine Eye in our case). The reality of our infiniteness will then be instantly revealed!