Osho – This is the Buddhist alchemy: all evil can be transformed into the bodhi path, the path to become a buddha. Evil is not against you, you just don’t know how to use it. Poison is not your enemy, you just don’t know how to make medicine out of it. In wise hands poison becomes medicinal, in foolish hands medicine can become poison. It all depends on you, on your artfulness.
Have you ever looked at the word evil? Read backwards, it is live. Life can become evil, evil can become life; it all depends on how you read it. There are three things to be understood about this sutra, to change bad conditions to the bodhi path so that you can attain to bodhichitta, the mind or no-mind of a buddha. The first is: do not resist evil.
That is a saying of Jesus; there is every possibility that Jesus got it from Buddhist sources. He traveled in India; he had lived in India before he started his mission in Israel.
This interesting article “Buddhist alchemy: all evil can be transformed into the bodhi path” by Osho offers a great insight on transforming evil into good, as taught in Buddhism. I also think it is likely that Jesus’ teaching on not returning an eye for an eye and loving and blessing the enemies is borrowed from the Buddhist teachings, which mirror the unconditional love of the Father/Creator/Source.
I agree with Osho’s conclusion about transforming evil into something good:
“it is not a question of destroying evil in the world, but of transforming evil into something beneficial; transforming poison into nectar.”
This reminds me of the enlightenment scene in the movie “Little Buddha“, when Siddhartha learnt to meditate under a tree and finally saw through the illusion of ego and separation that causes suffering in this world, and he also learnt how to transform evil into something beneficial. I thought the visual illustration of this enlightenment (such as the fiery arrows shot at him being transformed into beautiful flowers falling down peacefully and blissfully) is both powerful as well as empowering.