Devil – Angel ? Angel – Devil ?

Throughout our growing up years, we have been taught to listen to the Angel within. Ignore what the Devil says and focus on what the Angel prays for us, because what the angel says is correct or virtuous for us. And throughout growing up years each one of us seems to wage this war, trying to listen to the Angel, or ignore the Devil’s voice and follow the dictate of the Angel. Personally, I was never able to figure out from the pictures of the Devil and Angel, as shown in books and comic strips, why the Angel always appeared sad, despondent, and miserable or near tears! And on the other hand the devil seemed to be enjoying, making merry, jubilant, and always very enthusiastic! The expression of the Angel, sombre and serious was forever a mystery and discouragement to me. And the Devil, with his cheeky, challenging, taunting smile with all the wickedness in the eyes always seemed tempting!

My parents tried to instil in me the importance of listening to the angel;  to obey the angel and it was arduous for me to resist the Devil, the angel always looked so defeated and lost and impoverished! On the other hand the Devil always had this gleeful, exultant smile showing all the tempting goodies and treasures forbidden by the angel! As a child it was impossible for me to listen to the pathetic whinging, whining angel and required a lot of determination, will power to ignore the tempting goody laden devil by the angel’s side. Probably, the key reason, why I was always so mischievous and up to pranks, was getting into messes and scrapes. All the lectures my parents gave fell on deaf ears the minute my eyes fell on the images of the sad angel and happy devil. If the devil was happy doing what it was, life is too short and precious to be sad and do forced good all the time. I preferred to do bad, play pranks, join hands with the devil and have fun!

It was very disheartening for me later, when the mistakes needed to be undone and I was reprimanded, punished or derided for my devilish behaviour. When I entered my college days and the choice of career came; I realised that the temptation or the advice the Devil gave was always positive! And whatever the angel said, poor soul, it did beseechingly pray that I make the correct choice; seemed negative to me! And my personality development classes, self- help books I used to read, always emphasised on positive affirmations, and here the angel perpetually seemed to beg, “Don’t go there, don’t do this, don’t eat that, don’t, don’t, don’t…” Not a single instruction seemed positive. On the other hand the devil always gave positive instructions, goading and challenging and urging the inner voice to, “ Do this, Go there, eat that Go on, jump, run, steal, all are positive” Never a single negative instruction. Spontaneously I would heed to the devil, after all it was asking me to  do , good or bad then made no sense and probably it would still have not made any sense, if I had not begun meditation and took my time to ponder, ruminate and mull over my actions, consequences and the voices in my head.

The thought that crystallised is; God created this world, which is about it. Then He decided to sit back and enjoy. God does not register duality nor does nature have duality in it. It is the way it is. It rains, if we want to get wet we soak ourselves and enjoy the rain, else we shield ourselves with an umbrella. Thus, we created the duality, till things were in His hands all was one. We took over, exercised our brains and duality began, the concept of good, bad, negative positive, Angel Devil and it goes on, confusing us, challenging us and forcing us to make choices which are contradictory always. The sun simply shines, that is what it does, if one does not want the sunshine, the concerned person does not venture into the sun! The sun simply shines, rain falls, and trees grow. We mould ourselves, do or not do, depending on what we want and don’t want.  And to make the run more enjoyable to Him and tough for us dumb nuts, God designed, so that the devil gives positive instructions, and the angel sadly always gives us a constant drone of negative instructions. When we meddled with His will, He decided to sit back and enjoy whilst we made fool of our selves juggling this devil angel , angel devil thought process for every decision , and choice to be made.

If only we all begin to meditate it would be easier on all of us, or definitely change the pictures of the Angel and devil, please. Teach the angel to smile and give positive instruction, tempt us to do the right and show the devil as a loser, struggling to make his voice heard. That role reversal and instruction change will hopefully give the mind only positive instruction which is good and beneficial too! The devil be damned and the Angels will dare, smile and win.