I recently became very interested in Hindu mythology and would love to hear from well-read individuals who really have a thorough understanding of the Vedas. I have just 2 questions for now:

1) Why did Brahman split itself? If it is God, then why create the world? Brahman is happy and blissed out, so why?

2) Why did Brahman create pain, suffering, pure evil in this world?

  • First question is very philosophical. Entire millennia of interpretations have been given for it by rishis. But simple answer is 'why not?'. Second question is answered with a simple question - Do you ever bother to ask WHY did Brahman create PLEASURE, enjoyment, PURE GOOD in this world ?
    – ram
    Feb 27, 2019 at 4:33
  • Related What is the need of creation? Feb 27, 2019 at 4:42
  • @ram I will answer your questions to play the "devil's advocate." 1) "Why should the universe NOT create itself?" - Because of pain, evil and suffering. In the same way that Buddha renounced asceticism and self-harm, so avoiding self-harm is justification for NOT creating the universe. 2) "Do you ever bother to ask why did Brahman create pleasure, enjoyment, pure good in this world?" I will answer this with another question - What good is pleasure if it is cancelled out by pain? For example, if I love and care for my dog, but then I slit his throat and eat him, what is the point?
    – ss3592
    Feb 28, 2019 at 8:26
  • @ss3592, pain, evil & suffering is simply the other side of the coin which is pleasure, good & enjoyment. if you want only the heads and not the tails of a coin, good luck getting one. I will also answer with another question - if you torture your dog, but don't care for it, what is the point. Note, that it's actually me playing the devil's advocate. I'm saying I want EVIL. You're saying you want GOOD. God is saying - asking for GOOD without EVIL or EVIL without GOOD is like asking for a coin with HEADS without TAILS or TAILS without HEADS. God is simply middle-man. Good & Evil are done by us.
    – ram
    Feb 28, 2019 at 16:38
  • @ss3592, but then, God seems to has a soft-corner for GOOD. why - well i don't know, it's his wish.
    – ram
    Feb 28, 2019 at 16:39


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