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Many of us have heard this even in Hindi

Jo hota hain acha ke liye hota hain.

Is this concept found in any scriptures of Hinduism? Is this really part of Hindu philosophy or not? Is it shown anywhere in Ramayana or Mahabharata?

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    May be influenced by होइहि सोइ जो राम रचि राखा। को करि तर्क बढ़ावै साखा॥ – Paṇḍyā Mar 17 '18 at 18:42
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    It is often cited as "the essence of gita" – user1195 Mar 17 '18 at 19:11
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    Possible duplicate of Which famous quotes are wrongly attributed to Bhagavad Gita?. This verse is not found anywhere and is typically linked with Bhagavad Gita. See this answer. – iammilind Mar 18 '18 at 0:05
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    Read this answer from Pandya which is received well by the community and also the recent discussion which took place recently about tagging with scripture. If the OP is unsure about the source of the verse or story, we should just add Identification request tag. Adding the tag when the question has nothing to do with scriptures is redundant. There are already relevant tags. We as a site should bit be partial towards a single tag. @KarmanyaNanda You can just remove the tag. . – Sarvabhouma Mar 18 '18 at 11:18
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    @Rickross ok I readded it. – Karmanya Nanda Mar 18 '18 at 13:38
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Indeed, prakṛti is equilibrium of the guṇas;
They are guṇas of prakṛti, not of ātman.
Known as sattva, rajas, and tamas,
Respectively, they cause sthiti, utpatty, and anta.

—Bhāgavata Purāṇa: Canto XI, Ch 12, Verse 12 (personal partial translation)

Full translation:

Undeniably, that which is material is a result of equilibrium among the Three Modes;
These are modes of the material, not of the spiritual.
Known as goodness-harmony, passion-dynamism, and ignorance-cacophony,
Respectively, they cause Cosmic Maintenance, Cosmic Generation, and Cosmic Annihilation.

Since maintenance of the material stems from goodness, the nature of the manifest world must be good, even if it seems in our judgement to be bad. Further, when ignorance leads to destruction, another generation event follows. Thereafter further maintenance is required.

For example, if a cow dies in the wilderness a kind of destruction has occurred. The corpse then decays and brings about the total annihilation of its form. This action of decay provides new life for bacteria, fungi, plants, larvae, scavengers, etc.

So, we can say that, while perhaps not all events are sattvam, sattva is the standard to which rajas and tamas must lead. For it is in sattva that things last. This is why we also call it harmony. Sattva is also translated as being-ness, is-ness, or the essence of existence. That which is not, has no sattva. Thus, everything which occurs, must have goodness as its nature. It is our ignorance which makes us perceive goodness as displeasing.

Evolution has made it easier for us to look for immediate rewards or pleasures and so we call these "good." Like children, we often forget that immediate discomfort may lead to better long-term results. This is why we fail to recognize the intrinsic goodness in all existing things.


Sorry I could not provide you with a more authoritative answer. Hopefully the logic I presented will suffice.

Please do correct any misspellings or diacritic mistakes I have made.

  • I wasn't sure if I should include this in the answer or not, but it is broadly recognized in Sanatana Dharma that we discriminate between "good" and "bad" because of the useful illusion, maya. – Rubellite Yakṣī Mar 17 '18 at 20:33
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No, this verse is not likely to be found in traditional scriptures.
Because, it doesn't have any Sanskrit basis.
The Hindi line is usually wrongly attributed to "essence of Bhagavad Gita". Refer this answer.

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