Surya Kunda Tragedy

I just heard about the sad turn of events at the annual Surya Kunda festival in honor of Siddha Madhusudana Das Babaji. Ananda writes about it on his blog, after getting first hand information from Malati. He also links to Madhumati's blog where more is available.

That is basically why we do all these things [like question the meaning of our existence], because things like this happen. May the end result be that everyone's faith, compassion and love is deepened, and not weakened.


Anonymous said…
It is a tragedy indeed.

However, you haven't done a very good job of explaining why these things happen, that too in the holy dhama on an auspicious occasion.

Wishing everyone's faith to be deepened and not weakened is unsatisfactory, I'm afraid.
Jagadananda Das said…
You'll have to read up on Theodicy. Other than that, I have no answer.

The fact is that we are all materially conditioned and see events in this world as having ultimate meaning in themselves. Everyone is going to die--in Vrindavan, Rome, Jerusalem and Mecca.

So, heartless as it sounds, you have to rise above the gut reaction to the 9.11's, the Mumbais, the Surya Kundas. There is one happening every day. The reasons for it are in the individuals who are affected. What happens to them in response to these events.

So my prayer is for them, that they continue to find meaning in life--faith, and that they have compassion for those who suffer--not indifference or hardheartedness that they deserved it or whatever, and love.

Let bhakti be ahaituki and apratihata. That is all.
Anonymous said…
Why in the world would something like this weaken anyone's faith?

Death is a fact of life.
Jagadananda Das said…
"Why do bad things happen to good people?"

It is one of the main reasons for people losing their faith in a personal God.
Joshua Crawford said…
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