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Deepak Chopra and Intent

Deepak Chopra and Intent

Deepak Chopra: ‘Resist Not Evil’

What do you think is the nature of evil? Does it exist? According to Jungian psychology evil is the projection of our collective and our personal shadow. This echoes Jesus’ statement, “Resist not evil.”

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Jay

posted June 19, 2008 at 10:23 am


Evil does not exist. Calling a person “evil” is the ultimate act of scapegoating. I also believe that saints are raised up in the same process by which sinners are cast down. The mind creates an artifical polarity in which one person is considered a living manifestation of the divine, and another is considered a devil. Both are projections, made for the sake of simplicity, or for the sake of disowning our own power and responsibility.
Did Hitler exterminate the European Jews?
Did Gandhi liberate the Indian subcontinent?
Attributing all power and influence to a leader or teacher may seem a gesture of humility. And certainly some people have developed their ability to influence more than others. But let’s not exaggerate the differences between people to such an extent.
We all have the same mind. Sometimes we act as channels for the greatest Truth our age is capable of reaching. And sometimes we act as channels of resistance.



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Kerry

posted June 20, 2008 at 10:08 pm


Deepok,
Please use a proper translation of the Bible, and at least provide a reference when you claim to quote it! Matthew 5:39 is quoting Jesus as saying, “Do not resist an evil person…” referring to not giving in to hatred or revenge, and humbling yourself. This is a vastly different concept than what you claim Jesus said.



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Jay

posted June 21, 2008 at 10:00 am


Thank you for your comment, Kerry. I agree it is helpful to be clear about our sources. Vastly different English translations of the NT do exist. Think of the difference between the NRSV and the King James, for example. And they’re both such excellent translations! Yet each contains its own theological presuppositions.
We may be using different translations, and then there is the added layer of interpretation. I’m not sure there really can be wrong interpretations. Interpreting the sayings of Jesus in the synopic gospels is a cottage industry all its own.
I remember being a student in seminary, preparing my first sermons. I’d shuffle down to the lowest floor of the library with my heart in my throat. Thousands of volumes of interpretation were down there, waiting for me, each volume dedicated to just one of Jesus’ sayings!



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A.

posted July 16, 2008 at 3:44 pm


I think that when we lift a hand to cast a stone, it’s really directed at the places where we think we’ve failed. Guilt, self-criticism and feeling as though we’ve fallen short drive us to find fault in others and jump to accuse and punish. I wonder if we act to prevent the discernment of our own shadow by others.
That said, I have a friend who was murdered by his own daughter. It is hard for me to look at her and not believe that evil can inhabit people.



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pambee

posted August 25, 2008 at 9:29 pm


hi deepak, i think what christ meant when he said “resist not evil” is that: one who resists what one would call “evil’ would be strengthening ‘evil” because it succeeded in looking real. evil is not real in the sense we think it is, it does not have it’s own life, it is a shadow , something only misunderstood, whenever we resist anything we feel pain because pain is resistance itself.



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Ross

posted January 30, 2010 at 8:16 am


Leo Tolstoy gave considerable thought to this idea and I think Gandhi read some of those thoughts and tried to incorporate it into his life. It has to be one of the most profound concepts of Christianity and yet one of the most difficult to incorporate into our daily lives. I think it has the capacity to bring many win-win situations into our daily life.



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Ronald Barksdale

posted November 3, 2010 at 1:21 pm


Our demise in this physical realm of matter is our release into eternity. If our purpose in the flesh is to grow in Love so that our treasure in the next Life is the measure of Love we’ve produced in this life then by loving the one who sends the evil (which I agree is an illusion),frees us from that which enslaves us to the limitations of this illusory world. Love unconditional is perfected when we Love the evil as well as the good…to resist the evil we are resisting he who sent the evil who is God…also known as Love, so the idea is to cooperate with the sender and be willing to lose our lives as does a seed planted in the ground so that we might gain true Life. Thus: Resist not evil.



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