Waterfall wrote: I have just sent some questions to Krishna.com that might be of interest to others:
I have a question about the universe and its inhabitants.
As I understand you the soul (when it falls) begins with its own universe, but would that not create many universes with only 1 inhabitant? How do you account for the inhabitants of the universe?
Lets say I fall from the spirituel world today.
Will I then get my own universe? Or will I go to a universe with many inhabitants?
Can you explain things from the beginning?
What happens when a soul falls from the spirituel world?
To better understand my question we could say that 10 souls falls from the spirituel world... now...do we then get 10 universes with 1 inhabitant? Or do we get 1 universe with 10 inhabitants? If it is the latter then who begins as a god (Brahma) and who begins as a human or cow?
When I was a Gaudiya Vaishnava (Hare Krishna) I too speculated a great deal on these topics. I think devotees would say that, yes, you get your own universe, but the OTHER inhabitants of that universe have their own karmas which have to be worked out and which are, possibly, very old, from time "immemorial" even. They in effect land in the universe of your making, but they themselves used to be Brahmas when THEY fell from Goloka.
A pretty nightmarish soteriology when you think about it. You get to the spiritual world, but you have no assurance you won't come back down to being an ant, a worm or something even worse and stay in that cycle for trillions of years.....
But really if you're looking for logical consistency when it comes to this sect of Hinduism (or most sects of Hinduism) you will not find it. When it comes to the ACTUAL TRUTH, these beliefs are made up as the movement goes along and will NOT give you truth in the full, propositional sense. For that I would say you should turn to Christianity, which offers an actually MEANINGFUL metaphysics and interpretation of the universe, God and YOU.