From where does evil come? || Acharya Prashant, on Bhagavad Gita (2020)

Questioner (Q): It's being said that the Lord supports the whole world by a portion of Himself. What does this mean? Also, most of the verses in chapter 10 talk about all the best of every category that occurs due to the Lord. How about the evil we see in people? From where does that come? Does it even exist or is it just an outcome of impure perception?

Acharya Prashant (AP): Many questions.

“The lord supports the whole world by a portion of himself. What does it mean?”

It's simply a statement to drill some humility into the world. The world, for all its expansive claims, is not even big enough or heavy enough to demand a big portion of the Lord to sustain itself. It's almost like Krishna carrying the mountain on his little finger.