Monday, August 31, 2015

He Looks Upon a Spark

In terms of sin and redemption, sin is absolutely acknowledged. Yet punishment for sin doesn't take on a necessarily eternal form, but a definitive time-limited one in which punishment is in proportion to the sin. That punishment may be hellish or rebirth in the life to come in a lowly form.

Hinduism putatively solves the problem of equitable and proportional punishment for sin, and that even after death there is the possibility of God's redemptive grace. One may possess good karma or bad karma and enjoy heavenly peace or hellish agony. But these states both have their ending in time. And when that karma is burned away? Here mysticism begins, but only insofar as the mystic speaks figuratively of mysteries otherwise inconceivable, even to the mystic himself. He looks upon a spark, and speaks of the Sun.

The forests hint the Tree of Life,
And the waters hint His fathomless love,
And the mountains hint the height of His majesty,
His creation is His sign, having made nothing without meaning.

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