Fundamentalism in GV... Nov 2, 2010 3:36:51 GMT -6
Post by Deleted on Nov 2, 2010 3:36:51 GMT -6
I guess I have shown my hand, in case there were any doubts before. I don't love Krsna. What is worse is that it may be that I cannot love him, if by loving him I have to accept the idea that he will throw people into a hell without any hope of redemption. I just can't love such a Krsna any more than I can love a Yahweh, who condoned the mass slaughter of whole peoples, or a Jesus for whom denial of the holy spirit is the one unforgivable sin. Am I taking Prabodhananda too seriously here? Shouldn't I realize that he did not really mean what he said? Shouldn't I realize that he really didn't want anyone to go to hell permanently? He was just issuing a warning. But, how does one know that? Maybe I should just suck it up and let Krsna be what he is. If he wants to send people off for eternal damnation that is his business. I can't change him. But, how can I hang out with people who are not horrified at the idea of the suffering of other people? To love Krsna does one have to become heartless towards everyone else?
I don't believe in eternal hell. There is plenty of love-speech in CC and elsewhere. I just don't see any reason why I should leave Nitai Chand's love aside to worry about a single harsh-sounding verse. I am not scared of eternal hell and I am not interested in even contemplating the possibility of one. I have wasted way too much of my life living in fear. From now on I only want to sing and dance with the lovers, and try to reach out in a tangible way to our brother and sister jeevs suffering in this life. That is exactly what I plan to do, and if after that I die and go to hell, so be it. But if I sit here worrying about where I will go in my next birth, I am already in hell. Not interested. Still like the verse, though.