Tuesday, July 03, 2007
You may not be able to guess from reading my posts, but I belong to a Unitarian Universalist congregation. I joined a Unitarian congregation because I like inclusive, interfaith worship, but I was born a Universalist. (a brief summary of these beliefs in Christianity history)
I simply know there can be no such thing as “hell.” I can see every living being shining with radiant, inner light. Every human, no matter how they behave, also shines. All, absolutely ALL - no exceptions, no excuses - are part of a single, continuous field of divine energy. "Individuals" are spots, locations, in a field, not separate BBs banging against each other in a can.
Kabir must have seen the same thing because he said he was “like a pitcher of clay floating in the river, water inside, water outside. Now suddenly...the pitcher is broken! Inside, outside: O friends, it's all One!" A continuous substance, a field where "the drop is submerged into the ocean, and the Ocean is submerged in the drop. So who can tell what is what!"
All material beings and all non-material beings, everything that is perceived or unperceived is part of one divine whole, one "God." So punitive "judgment” for the earthly mistakes of a little human simply makes no sense. It would be like your head deciding to burn your toe "eternally" as punishment for it stubbing itself.