Good and Evil are part of the cosmos. They are therefore automatically within God who maintains a balance between them. Devotion to God entails respecting rivers, plants, animals and the entire planet. Vedic texts from a distant past express these ideas lucidly. Did everyone believe in Pantheism during the time when these texts were written? A story from the Puranas, the story wing of Vedic literature, provides an interesting answer.
Long time ago, the worlds had just been created, a child was born in the family of evil doors. His name was Prahlada and he became inspired by Pantheism in an early age. He could not tolerate the cruelty of his father to other creature. Conflicts continued between the Emporer Hiranyakashipu and his son for sometime.
A day arrived when the father declared to Prahlada that Patheism is bogus. Prahlada expressed his confidence that God is present everywhere and affirmed that God resides in the pillar which stood right in front of them. The enraged father split the pillar open to prove to Prahlada that there is no God there. God appeared from the pillar taking a form which had not evolved in nature. God vanished after restablishing order between the good and the evil by taking the life of Hiranyakashipu. He installed Prahlada as the emporer.