I sometimes do a little preaching at Huffington Post. I have to use a different name (DharamDev, from my Kundalini Yoga days) because I got banned for saying that cannot reject karma as an explanation even when someone has been raped. Some people prefer to believe that there is no God or that God is a Cosmic Monster, which brings me to the present topic…
This fellow, John W. Whitehead, has raised the perennial argument that there is either no God, or that God is a “Cosmic Monster.” Most of the readers love to bash the idea of God and ridicule anyone who believes in God. I prefer my comments to fit in one block, which means 250 words or less. Here’s what I wrote (I welcome your comments) :
The objections raised are quite elementary. Anyone who reads Bhagavad-gita As It Is with an open mind can understand. http://bhagavadgitaasitis.com/en1
The gist is that the self (soul) and the body are different. The body is born, undergoes various transformations, and dies; but the soul is unaffected by all of this. We are simply in illusion thinking we are the material body.
We are eternally in God’s pastimes, but have forgotten. Krishna is the Supreme Lord, and He is eternally a person residing in His own spiritual abode, where everyone serves Him in various loving relationships. Due to our minute independence, some souls desire individual enjoyment, and to fulfill this desire Krishna allows us birth here. He advises against it, but we have come anyway. We are therefore responsible for our miserable condition, and when one has had enough, He either comes Himself to give instruction, or He sends a representative to lead us back home.
While we are here, our suffering and so-called happiness are exactly appropriate to our actions, and the connection between our actions and the results is not limited to one lifetime. This is called karma and reincarnation. It explains why people are born into different circumstances and why “bad things happen to good people.” Our perspective is limited, so we have to hear from authority. The original authority is Krishna, and His elementary instructions are in Bhagavad-gita. Read it, and if any questions remain, I can answer them.