Combat Evil Through Personal Transformation

It is important to remember that anything you can do to expand your awareness will automatically counter evil. Be gentle when you are tempted to be harsh. Pay attention when you are tempted to turn a blind eye. Accept that the negativity you are feeling belongs to you when you are tempted to blame someone else.

Personal transformation on this level is the highest way to combat evil. The more conscious you become, the more you come into balance. Once balanced, you can choose to reject destruction; your awareness expands beyond the immediate hurt to see that evolution is eternal and therefore eternally possible.

We would all agree that anger gives rise to many evil acts, not anger per se, but anger that has become trapped. If your awareness is open and free, anger flows through it. This applies both to rage generated inside yourself when you feel victimized, and anger that comes from outside, in the form of an attack.

Both are meant to leave when their job is done. Angerís work is to alert your defense systems. Aggression and defense are part of the survival repertoire of almost every species that must compete to mate, find food, and occupy territory. Festering, it feeds on itself and eventually breaks out in violence.

Every living system that goes out of balance attempts to right itself. Despite all the talk about human beings being innately violent, arenít we also innately gentle? The evidence for both is equally strong.

Adapted from The Deeper Wound: Recovering the Soul from Fear and Suffering, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2001).


Elisa F.
Elisa F3 years ago

Great article! Thanks for sharing.

J.L. A.
JL A5 years ago

Good reminder that anger has a survival function--so often people who victimize blame the victim for getting angry about it--dealing with that aspect can interfere with effective responses and moving on.

heather g.
heather g5 years ago

I don't use the word "evil" very easily. In my environment almost daily I deal with some people who are always offended by others' actions and in turn do the same to others. Although my years of spiritual learning have taught me not to react easily - I find the easiest and most effective way to deal with trouble-makers is to use humour when communicating with them. And then remove yourself from their immediate environment.

Sian R.
Sian R5 years ago

Well, I tried. Can't say I didn't try my hardest.
But it doesn't always work.

Several months ago a woman who'd actually asked to come off a committee of an organisation I belong to started to spread mayhem left, right and centre. I asked people privately to be gentle with her. She needed to get used to no longer having power.
Every malicious remark she shot at me I thanked her for. I said thanks for bringing it to my attention and I'd try harder. I had to privately tell others NOT to defend me - that she'd eventually burn herself out when she saw she was getting nowhere.

It seemed to be working. Another woman who she'd goaded into attacking me was won over and everything was fine.
Then i went away for eight weeks. She didn't waste any time. I came back to find a malicious and libellous complaint had been filed against one of the most gentle men I know. It took months to sort out and in the meantime impinged not just on the committe but on virtually every member of our organisation.

I'm sorry I didn't completely demolish her while I had the opportunity, whatever the initial cost to her and me. Sometimes, evil cannot be combatted through gentle ways.

Dot A.
Dot A5 years ago

best line in this article is the title:

combat evil through personal transformation

that adds up to 'change'
a natural part of life
and if we allow ourselves to listen
to hear
to feel
to understand
we naturally will change

for as Deepak states
aren’t we also innately gentle?

divinely balanced
as we believe

and meet ourselves each day (in the spiritual mirror)
and greet one another
with a peaceful mind*

I am so thankful to have this Deepak section back, and see so many great members participating again with all their loving, gentle hearts!

KS Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Sharon Balloch
Sharon Balloch5 years ago

When I was born again I was not asked to change the world. It was myself that I needed to change. I quit drinking, smoking and over the years took evil things out of my life and my mind.
I quit the eating of animals so that I would not be part of the suffering that humans cause them. And because of this I regained my health, which I never really realized was missing until I regained it.. I became a vegan and as time passed my love grew until even the cutting down of a tree as a decoration was not an option for me.
My life today is so much better than I ever could have imagined, but I did not change the world I changed myself.
The person I once was is gone and while it did not happen over night I now look back on the person I was and am so glad that I have changed my way of living and thinking.

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal5 years ago

Part of the journey....

Lydia Price

Some people live their entire lives so full of venom that their entire psyche becomes distorted and you can see it in their face.

Zee K.
Past Member 5 years ago

Atocha B.

You are so right. We never know what's going on with the other person. In fact, that person may be handling his situation better than we would if it were our situation.

Several years ago I penned a ditty to express this fact of life together with the fact that God is ONE. What I do to other, I do to my Higher Power.

I met her the day
she buried her daughter.
I said, "She's rude.
I think she oughter."

He got mad
beat her and the kid.
I said, "Be careful!
Look what you did."

The doctor said,
"Six months to live."
I said, "He's selfish!
Why can't he give?"

Lord, help me remember
whatever I do
the soul in trouble