Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

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  1. Kumar Udit says:

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  2. Srishti Bhatia says:

    Bad things happen to all people all the time. Bad people are insensitive. They respond to it differently to it. They ignore the pain and manipulate the situation to suit them, and bury it in the recesses of their unconscious mind. Hedonism and insensitivity together.
    They remember what lead to the bad thing and unconsciously avoid that behaviour in future. They remember what lead to the good thing, because of hedonism, and repeat that. E.g they will pretend to be cordial with everyone so that they can benefit from them and avoid the ir wrath.
    Good people are completely different creatures. They are sensitive. They are less hedonistic. They choose to face the pain. Sometimes because they want to go to the root cause of pain so that they can avoid it forever. And they keep it in their conscious mind. They respond to it by way of trying to not cause pain to another, because they know what it feels like and wallow in some self pity after that. They do not brush it aside. They let it transform them. And thus remember all the bad things that happened to them.
    Besides, a lot of our pain can be avoided by simply being selfish and insensitive. E.g one cannot avoid a sudden job loss but a good person will choose to face the sufferring while the bad person will try to make friends with someone who can get him a better job.
    Apart from that I have observed that even despite above considerations, universe gives easier problems to bad people. That happens because bad people are still first graders. When life hits them they hit fellow classmates, so universe does not choose to teach them anything. Universe gives toughest situations to good people since they are sensitive enough to use it for their own growth anf betterment towards reaching a higher more joyful, peaceful state of mind.

  3. G Seetharamakrishnan says:

    Dear sir,
    I have read your article today. I can’t agree with your concept of bad or good will happen without any reason (without past action) to us. Our vedas are clearly stateing that, this birth what we are living today was given by god/cosmic force/Brammam based on our sanchida karma ie the karma which was done by us in our begingless infinite Nos of our past life and I feel this is only logical answer for all these type of questions. Where as there is lot of chances to us to clear all our past karmas and we shall have moksa in this life. There is a proverb in tamil that “Nanmaiyum Teemayum perar thara varaa” this means none can give/do us good or bad. whatever we enjoying in the life is absolutely the reward for our doings in this life or in our past life.

  4. sri puttanna says:

    wonderful article. I recommend an another 10 persons read this today and understand this truth. And let there be another 10 each day. I cannot thank and appreciate enough.

  5. K.V.RAMESH says:

    Uday sirji. Thank you so much.Your this article is the best I have ever read on this topic and have got lot of relief because it has answered almost 100% of all the questions I had in my mind.I have recommended this article to my fmly and friends who also have this question. Hope they will also be benifited. Thx Sirji.

  6. Vinayak says:

    Very nice.. it felt like im reading a modern day gita..

  7. Madhu says:

    Your writing is such an eye opener. There are many occurrences in life that go unexplained bringing up doubts, but the fact that this is life and it is up to us to live it the way we want it, is a choice we have to make. Ultimately we reap the benefits of our own good deeds and experience hardships due to our own misdeeds. Very well articulated! Thank you so much for this article.

  8. Anitha says:

    Very Nice. Is it possible to tell from where you gained all these things?

  9. Dr Mahesh says:

    Usually for this question, people justify with mundane reason Karma of this birth Iraq earlier birth. But this article goes way beyond and explains the reasons. Most prominently l liked the counter view that when god things with good people we never ask justification. And second for every good to happen three has to have some bad must happen, that is proven scientific law. The only certain in this world is uncertainty , then why worry.?
    Thanks a lot.
    I would love to read your future posts.

  10. Rohit K says:

    Hi uday… loved your article… the way you represent the solution is really wonderful….

    well i have something to comment on this topic..

    we know already that whatever the sufferings, miseries we have are all our karmic reactions… and the world appears to be unfair to us & it is the fact… as in scriptures it is said that the world (material) is a ” dukhalaym ashashwatam “… the temporary world full of sufferings… it indicates that the world we are living is not iternal and we are here for some reason… may be our own mistake, our own selfish desire… that means we belong to something else beyond this material world… something divine… spiritual…

    when we realise this we definetly try to get out of this material bondage and all the entanglements of this illusory world…… and if we dont realise, we either ignore or match ourselves with the material nature which is not our real nature… our real nature is ‘sat chit anand’…… everyone is searching for it & naturally inclined to get it… bt when we try to get happiness in this world we fail…. even if we get some happiness it is either temporary or illusory… not iternal…

    the reason we are here is that we have forgotten our eternal relationship with lord….

    so when we realise this we go for the deliverence… ‘moksha’, and we can achieve it only by surrendering as you said as well as the loving devotional service….

  11. Lakshay says:

    I don’t remember reading a better article on Life’s ways ever! You have unfolded the secret of life! Kudos to you. I am sure you are a blessed soul.

  12. M.NageshKini says:

    I fully agree with you. It is sum result of attachment to worldly activities .Therefore follow Nishkama Karma.No attachments attached!

  13. Garima Sehgal says:

    mindblowing article with awesome clarity . Loved it Uday . May the cosmic good be with u , thanks for enlightening. Sharing it.

  14. Sri says:

    Lord Rama is full of infinite auspicious attributes like bliss and knowledge (poorna ananda-jnana) at all times and all places.. He did not suffer or struggle or had troubles or bad things. He is omnipotent, omnipresent God who is verily the controller of all. It’s wrong to think otherwise. Only humans are subject to sufferings not God.

  15. Shravan Kumar says:

    Beautifully narrated, simply fantastic.

  16. Prahalad Rao says:

    Interesting.this us life. Bad things happen to good people bcase of karma if previous birth

  17. Praveen says:

    Hi Uday the article is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!, now onwards I will start think that bad things are there to make more perfect and stronger…

  18. Govind says:

    Good article. Good and bad are like day and night which happens to both bad and good people. Every soul behaves under the influence of swabhava and prabhava. Prabhava is environmental force and genetic force. Swabhava is inherent in soul, like soul is beginningless so is Swabhava. God is like a gardener he just provides facility for each soul to express itself. Like a gardeners pours same water to mango and carela but mango is sweet carela is bitter. Then why does god bring in bad souls into world? if he doesnt then it will get wasted like the bitter carela. On the other hand if there is no bad then there is no god too right?. So every incidence in life is an opportunity given by god to express ourselves and grow further. Its not shiksha(punishment) but shikshana(education). These thoughts i have learnt from listening to great acharya Dr. Bannanje Govindacharya who is an ardent Madhwa philosopher.

  19. D B Salvi says:

    Extreamely The Best Article I hv ever read. Thanx for The Medicine u hv given to d people who always asking the same question thenmselves that ‘Why this to me only ?’….I always remember this….we being Good by choice and not by force….

  20. A. Sehgal says:

    Interesting 🙂

  21. Radha says:

    Fantastic one..no words to describe or appreciate. GOD bless.

  22. krishnamurthy says:

    nice…… touched almost all corners of mundane thoughts…. further… i may wish to add that BEING GOOD AND NOT DOING ANY HARM TO ANYONE JUST LEAVES THE MIND AT PEACE….that in itself a reward and we do not need further remuneration ….. The Words ” inconsistencies in life is what makes life livable”…. is perfectly true…… THANKS…..

  23. v s jayakumar says:

    my early days short story sat strong in my unconcious mind. i just want to share. one saint in the river bank say a scorpion fallen into the water and struggling for his life. he tried to save that scorpion. he lifted it out from water, but scorpion bites him, due to his unbarrable pain, scorpion slips from his finger, again fallen in to the water. saint, again and again trying to save, scorpion again and again bited him. by that time, one desiciple asked his guru, why you are repeating, when scorpion is biting every time.
    guru replied, “Scorpion’s duty is to bite, my duty is to save. when other one doing its job perfectly. on my part, i have to do my duty”

  24. Sheela says:

    Beautiful! Just a few minutes prior to reading this article I was asking the same question to God after my daily prayers. Then I open fb and donno how I got into this article after reading ur article on Hinduism. Though still have doubts, major chunk of negative thoughts cleared. Padabhivandanam Uday Ji!!!!!!!

  25. saju says:

    Hey Uday,
    Glad that Im going to meet you today.
    Really this is life’s mystery which is
    shared by writers like you. Many often we
    don’t get time to realise the life we live
    and correct our thinking based on the requirement
    for this universal existence.
    Really thought provoking .
    Thanks n’ God bless.

  26. annanya says:

    Dear sir,
    This article is very nice and excellent ,really your article gave me answer of some life question and help me to realize the truth behind the cloud…..now after reading your article m feeling much better ,now m having lot of peace n calm inside .thanx lot your article gave me lot of strength to face the world as a warrior.

  27. Anita says:

    This is an excellent write up to explain the unexpected , unexplained n unpredictable things that worry most of us at some point or the other. The best part about it is that I got to read it when I was having a tsunami of questions within me , leaving me much more mature n closer to living life more peacefully. Thanks a ton.

  28. Shenelle Henry says:

    This was a brilliant article. It touched me from within because this is a question I have been searching for, for many years. I always place all my worries and issues in GOD’s hand knowing he is taking care of everything for me and I will not quit doing so. Thank you Udaylal Pai for your words of wisdom. Peace, GOD Bless

  29. renuka silas says:

    Dear Uday,
    U have sent an excellent article.I think that we can not understand many things in this world with our limited mind. eg; Why do many children die before stepping into this world? Why so many innocent kids r being raped everyday? Why poor remain poor & rich get richer and richer? We will get the right answers of these questions in heaven alone when we meet our Lord face to face. Remember one thing always that a fight is going on between good and evil continuously.

    Renuka Silas

  30. Leonardo Desouza says:

    Mr Pai actually tries to explain about awareness on the lines of Jidu Krishnamurthy’s phylosophy

  31. hastimalbarola says:

    dear sir,

    really heart provocking article i am thankful to you for such nice discussion thanks for uploading pls carry on

  32. kathir says:

    Thanks for good article. It is like speaking to our mind while we read this. You have to write about karmas which has major part of our pleasure and pains. Keep writing.

  33. Ram says:

    Hi Uday,

    The concept of nature intervening if it deems necessary seems appropriate. I was in the same situation cos’ I got laid off twice and was really struggling to make ends meet. In both the scenarios, I felt like “Why” and “Injustice” but then as you said, it just made me humble to accept the fact that Life isn’t fair and it is just the way it will be but then it also made me realize that “Every action has an equal and opposite reaction”, the guys who did injustice to me are still living but I don’t wish bad things to them cos’ it is not upto me to deliver justice and that I am part of the cosmic plan.
    Thanks Uday for clearly explaining this.

  34. Arathi Lakshmi says:

    Worth Reading, thanks for uploading. lot to learn from this..

  35. sunil Rao says:

    Wow Super!…Can I share this on my Facebook?

  36. Roopa says:

    very nice..

  37. Aniruddha Das says:

    Outstandng!!!!!!!!!! loved it

  38. Aarthi says:

    Loved your article… Especially the points about good and bad being relative terms and that to be good is a way of life and not a means to an end or expectation.

    Learning to constantly unlearn oneself so as to start afresh and learn from our mistakes or take the lessons that life throws at us is an effort but this effort eventually bring peace and tranquility to ones life and removes the unnecessary stress and bitterness that we bring upon ourselves by trying to find answers to the questions such as “Why do bad things happen to good people?”

    The concept that “everything happens for a reason” also helps us in attaining inner peace and moving forward in life to better ourselves.

    Loved your analysis from all perspectives (logical, spiritual and all).

  39. Vaideeshwara says:

    If we accept thar good and bad things are part of our lives then there is no need to ask the question why bad things always happen to me. Very lucidly explained with that fine story from our age old fable Panchatantra. Hats off to you!

    If you get a chance please read the book titled ” Drunkard’s walk”. In this book the author, a Physicist and a Mathematician from U of C Berkley, CA, born to holocost surviving parents, concludes that the events in life happen at random just like a Drunkard does not know where his next step is going to land, after attempting to fit a mathematical probability for a peron’s chance of success or failure based on events in his life.

  40. turiya says:

    God is an accountant. He only keeps track of our good and bad deeds and gives it back with interest in our multiple births. It is like x and y seeking to withdraw a lakh and the bank honours X as he has balances but reject Y because he does not have balanced.

    Once Mr. X has completely withdrawn the bank does not entertain him. Best examples are saddam hussain or gadaffi, the liked like king and died as animals as their good deeds were exhausted by their bad action in this birth itself.

  41. Prem chand Mallaya says:

    njce sir,

  42. Srinath says:

    Though it was long article, it had the necessary explanation and it justified the length perfectly. Was very interesting as this looked very much a part of the inner conflicts which we have on a daily basis

  43. Prashanth says:

    Very good article.

  44. Sabaji Dhond says:


  45. Mr.Udai, I got this article now. Actually “I am that lady who asked why bad things happened to good people” Realy I feel like that lady and I was crying and asking that question myself, on these matters till now after my office hours. thank you uday. I think my GOD gave this answer through you. Thank you again.

  46. E. A. Mukunda Pai says:

    Every individual is a combination of body and mind. Body is controlled by nature but mind is above all and everybody can tune their mind, which is above nature.
    Every body is having a mixture of qualities such as bogam, yogam, thyagam. in various percentage. Those in higher level of tyagam will find pleasure of seeing the enjoyment of others because of him. but those in higher level of bhogam will find pleasure of enjoying themselves.

    Good and bad thing is a mental condition. Even the pain is mental. for Eg. One person has thrown away his job in high position because of the same condition of your friend. and doing a small business and living with pleasure. When asked he told me that instead of dishonest,and corrupt, I am getting a mental pleasure to be truthful in life than getting heavy paypacket by dishonest and corrupt.If we want to be honest and truthfull concentrate on that quality and get mental pleasure inside than material things.

    If your friend is concentrating on honesty, and truthfullness, will get immense mental pleasure by living in that principle. Let me stop now. A lot of things has to write. will do later

  47. Swathi Nayak says:

    Very well written, amazing sir.

  48. Vetriselvan says:

    Nice article. Everything determined by Karma in human beings. People is living in the unfair world and determined fair life. Newton third law (good eg.) applicable to all the people actions. Way of explanation is very good.

  49. pooja says:

    Your article just made my day 🙂 Very interesting and thought provoking. Best Regards, Pooja

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