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Agni Yoga/Encounters with Evil
Encounters with Evil
Every person on this Path necessarily encounters opposition of evil forces represented by incarnate and non-incarnate beings. They are representatives of chaos, dark ones. Their “darkness” is not only a symbol but also a quality of the coarse, degraded consciousnesses, a quality that can be seen by clairvoyants.
Who are they? How can one recognize them? They are people living in the emotions of hatred (anger, irritation, condemnation, etc.). They are disposed to violence, falsity, betrayal. This concerns both incarnate people and non-incarnate people-spirits because after disembodiment souls retain their qualities.
However, the forces of evil are absolutely necessary for those walking towards the Light, because they create the necessary tension, the opposition that alone can temper the character of the warrior. Without passions and exertion of all strengths up to the highest degree, one cannot approach the Goal. Encounters with the forces of evil make the warrior seek unity with the Lord — this is why they are important.
“Some light-minded people believe that mechanical utterances of the Highest Names can protect them from dark attacks. However, it is the pure fire of the heart, rather than mechanical actions, that creates a firm shield.” 
“… Those walking with the Forces of Light must know that without a tense battle there is no victory!” 
“It is asked why do We often delay in destroying enemies. There are many reasons, let us name two.
“The first is karmic conditions. It is easy to harm the near ones by touching an enemy bound to them by karma. This situation may be likened to a most delicate surgery when the surgeon does not amputate a diseased organ to avoid severing an adjacent artery… We consider it better to withdraw the dangerous companion than to destroy the entire caravan.
“The second reason is that enemies are a source of the tension of energy. Nothing increases the energy so much as does the resistance. Why invent artificial obstacles if the dark ones attempt with all their strength to increase our energy?!” 
“One should remember that positive forces create under the pressure of negative ones…” 
“No motion can happen without tension; therefore, every progressive Teaching requires enemies and a Teacher. … No tension happens without being useful. … For each growth of the spirit there must be difficult circumstances.” 
“… One must remember well two conditions. First — hostile people should be avoided, for they are not entitled (to the Highest). Second — perhaps it is hostility that will serve as a good springboard (for you).
“But delay is not caused by enemies — look closer!” 
Yes, one should not always engage into battle with evil people. It is more important to achieve the Goal and help those walking together with you. “The creative vanquishing of chaos… is a constant feat. Yet, the battle with the dark ones is only a spasm that impedes progress.”