A Neighbor: “Why does a man have sinful tendencies?”
Master: In God’s creation there are all sort of things. He has created bad man as well as good man. It is He who gives us good tendencies, again it is He who gives us evil tendencies.”
Neighbor: “In that case we are not responsible for our sinful action are we?”
Master: Sin begins in its own result. This is God’s law. Won’t you burn your tongue if you chew a chili? In his youth Mathur led a rather fast life; so he suffered various disease before his death.
One may not realize this in youth. I have looked into the hearth in the kitchen of Kali temple when logs are being burnt. At first the wet wood rather burns well. It does’t seem then that it contains much moisture. But when the wood is sufficiently burned all the moisture runs back to one end. At last the water squirts from the fuel and puts out the fire.
“So one should be careful about the anger, passion, and greed. Take, for instance, the case of Hanuman. In a fit of anger he burnt the Ceylon. At last he remembered that Sita was living in the Ashoka grove. Then he began tremble lest fire should injure her.
Neighbor: “Why have God created wicked people?”
Master: That is His will, His play. In his Maya there exists avidya as well as vidya. Darkness is needed too. It reveals all the more glory of light. There is no doubt that anger, lust and greed are evils. Why then, God has created them? In order to create Saints. A man become saint after conquering its senses. Is there anything impossible for a man who has subdued his passions? He can even realize God, through his grace. Again, see how His whole play of creation is perpetuated though lust.
Wicked people are needed too. At one time the tenants of an estate became unruly. The landlord had to send Golak Choudhary, who was a ruffian. He was such a hard administrator that the tenants trembled at the very mention of his name.
There is need of everything. Once Sita said to her husband: “Rama, it would be grand if every house in Ayodhya was a mansion! I find many houses old and dilapidated. ‘But, my dear,’ said Rama, if all the houses were beautiful ones, what would the mansion do?’ God has created all kind of things. He has created good trees, poisonous plant and weeds as well. Among the animal there are good, bad and all kind of creatures - tigers, lions, snakes, and so on.