When a mother stops a child from doing something harmful why does Krishna not stop the soul from wrongdoing?
This (the problem of evil) is a profound topic that has got me deeply thinking. What we understand is that the soul has to make choice between spiritual, sattvic, rajasic, and tamasic actions (with the last two (Rajasic and Tamasic) causing maximum misery, but for the conditioned soul, perhaps the most happiness in material terms). Now if we consider Krishna as the mother and father of all souls, then if we take a real example of a kid with diabetes, will it’s mother allow it to take sweets, the mother will rather force the child not to take the sweet at all costs and have the child cry, because it can have devastating consequences for the child if it were to take the sweets, but are we saying Krishna does not behave like the mother, He doesn’t forcibly prevent the child from eating sweets, but only instructs the child about the bad consequences, is that good enough or as effective ? The only difference I can think of is that Krishna knows that the bad consequences have a beginning and an end (and thus insignificant from the absolute state), and for the soul to be deprived of the material pleasure it’s craving for may be much more painful for the soul (than even the bad consequences) as it evolves towards perfection. Is this explanation correct ?
Hare krishna dear prabhuji.
PAMHO. AGTSP. I particularly find the reason You have mentioned in the last part of ur podcast appealing i.e. That a robotic life devoid of Krishna’s love is possibly the worst outcome for the soul. The other argument of grown-up child doesn’t soothe my heart as much because we are all extremely conditioned with layers and layers of Ajnaana. So comparing such a conditioned soul to a small kid is more appropriate than comparing to a grown up this is what I would like to believe. So for me the former argument of a robotic life is more soothing and good enough especially when considering the blessing we have of KC being an imperishable merit over infinite time i.e. svalpamapyasya verse.
I am at a KG stage and any sound even if its just one explanation which soothes the mind is good enough, and I have no doubt that there is divine inspiration which You receive. And I can’t say enough thanks to You for this glorious act of compassion You are doing to all through this website.
Thank you for your kind words – whatever I am able to do is by Krishna’s and Vaishnava’s mercy.
We are like adults not in the sense of having a mature understanding of life, but in the sense of having the freedom to act according to our will.
Hare Krishna Dear Prabhuji,
PAMHO. AGTSP. You are most welcome, on behalf of all conditioned souls !