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From: Parthasarati Dileepan (MFPD_at_UTCVM.UTC.EDU)
Date: Tue Mar 12 1996 - 12:20:04 PST
On Tue, 12 Mar 1996 12:05:55 -0800 Mani said: > >Regarding hell: I have rethought my position and I agree >that the hell as conceived of by the PurANas and Brahma-sutras >makes logical sense and is fully acceptable. There is no >logical reason to deny it, though I still maintain that >a bhakta would be happy in hell as well, since she sees >God everywhere. > While reading this post I am reminded of ThoNaradippodi aazhvaar's paasuram which clearly states that our Lord's grace does pervade hell and provide respite. namanum muRkalanum pEsa narakil ninRaargaL kEtka, narakamE suvarkka maakum naamangaL udaiya nambi, avanathoor arangamennaathu ayarththu veezhnthaLiya maanthar, kavalaiyuL padukin Raar en RathanukkE kavalkinREnE! (Even the torments of hell miraculously turn into pleasurable heaven for those who are in earshot of the conversation between Yama and Mudkalan that includes our Lord's names. I worry for those who can't find it in themselves to praise Sri Rangam the abode of this great Lord.) But I think our Lord would never let anyone who has attained the state of seeing Him even in hell to langush in it even for a fraction of a second. -- pd p.s. There is more to this legend concerning Yama and Mudgalan. I will post the details if I can dig them up. If anyone else is familiar please post.