Chapter 14: Parenthood: Giving Your Child a Wholeness
Junnaid said: “If God does not throw him out of existence, who am I to throw him out? If God accepts him.. I am not superior to God. God gives him life, God helps him to be alive; and that man is still young and fresh and he will live long, longer than you. So who am I to decide? God is showering on both, the good and the bad.”
The situation is absolutely clear, crystal clear - that for God there is no good, no bad. And when I say God, I don’t mean a person sitting somewhere up in the sky. That is an anthropocentric attitude - we conceive of God in our own image. There is nobody sitting there. God means the whole, the totality of existence. A bad man breathes as beautifully as a good man; a sinner is as accepted by existence as a saint. Existence makes no distinction. But because of dualistic thinking - Christian, Mohammedan, Zoroastrian - we think in terms of conflict.
There is a story: There was a town, Sodom, in old Israel. The people were very perverted in that town, sexually perverted - homosexuals. So it is said that God destroyed the town. The whole town was destroyed. A great fire descended and everybody was killed.
After many, many centuries, one Hassidic saint, one Hassidic mystic, was asked: “When God destroyed Sodom there must have been at least a few good persons in the town?” - all were destroyed. So the questioner asked: “We can accept that the bad were destroyed because they were bad - but why the good?”
Now look at the cunning mind. The Hassid thought it over and said: “He destroyed the good also so that they could be witnesses that these people were bad.” This is a cunning calculation, this is just saving face. The real thing is that for God there is no good, no bad. When he creates he creates both; when he destroys he destroys both - unconditionally.
This is really foolish, this attitude of good and bad. A person smoking cigarettes becomes bad, a person enjoying alcohol becomes bad, a person who has fallen in love with somebody else’s wife becomes bad. And We think that God is sitting there and calculating: “This man smokes, this man is an alcoholic, this man has fallen into adultery. Let this fellow come and I will see.” This is foolish if God is calculating about such trivial things. This is our tiny mind.
For existence there is no interpretation and no division. Good and bad are human conceptions, not divine. Every society has its own conceptions of good and bad, every age changes and has its own conceptions of good and bad. There is no absoluteness about good and bad. Good and bad are relative - relative to society, to culture, relative to us.
God is absolute; for him there is no distinction.
If you are deep in meditation where thoughts disappear, then also there is no distinction - because good and bad are thoughts. When you are silent, what is good and what is bad? The moment the idea arises that this is good, that is bad - the silence has been lost. In deep meditation there is nothing - no good, no bad.