So, do we get punished by God if we are “bad?” That is a question that can be answered very easily. No, we do not. For a start, if that statement were true, there would need to be a God to do the punishing. This God would have to exist along the same lines as the God of religion. In other words, an individual entity separate from the rest of the universe and beyond. The God would also have to possess all the worst egoic, human traits you could imagine; just like the God of religion.
First of all, it would have to make a judgement that we had done something bad and then dish out the punishment. Being judgemental is a trait of the egoic mind that does not exist within consciousness. By way of an individual choice, we may choose to refer to Infinite Consciousness as God, but this is just one of many names conjured up by humans to describe the uncreated wilderness of bliss∗ that is our true nature.
The only punishing is inflicted by ourselves in ignorance.
∗ “Uncreated Wilderness of Bliss” – a phrase coined by the yogi, Paramahansa Yogananda, as a description of our inner truth.
Dear Richard we reap consequences for our actions, good and bad. When we plant a seed it needs some time, specific to that seed, for it give yield. Similarly consequences of our actions (good and bad) , in earlier births and this birth, will have to be gone through in their own time frame over many cycles of life and death of bodies. The Supreme is only eternal witness and not a Judge to deal out bouquets or brickbats.
Good food for thought. Thanks.
Thanks for your comments my friend. Hope you and your family are well!