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From: Raghu Seshadri (
Date: Thu Mar 07 1996 - 16:28:52 PST

-Mani writes -
-As far as naraka/hell is concerned:
-I may have a revolutionary viewpoint here, and I know it
-is not supported by smritis and puranas, though it may
-be supported by the Upanishads. I do not believe in any
-kind of hell. Rebirth itself is hellish enough, and the
-karma is then experienced in a terrible way.  Contracted
-jnAna is the worst kind of hell I can imagine, since it
-alienates one from the blissful essence of God.

I remember reading in one of the speeches
of Swami Vivekananda that Vedanta does not
admit of any kind of hell or heaven.
These are not mentioned in any of the
Upanishads and the whole logic of Vedanta
would be incompatible with them anyway.

Raghu Seshadri