Originally posted by RadhaHiBawari
Stop referring to bhakti as an "obsession" and the leelas between Shri Krishna and the gopikas as "vulgar." I am all for expressing one's opinion, but you seriously have to stop taking jabs at people's personal beliefs. Whenever you create a post on India Forums, there is a note that warns members against posting things that are "offensive to any religion, race, or community." Please take the time to read that in case you have never noticed it before.
And furthermore, I feel obliged to add my two cents worth of knowledge. You should know that most, if not all, of the Hindu scriptures we have today were initially only passed down by word of mouth through disciplinic succession. Not until modern times were they written down. And by modern, I mean only a couple hundred years ago. The Mahabharata that you are referencing and the The Bramha Vaivarta Puraan that mentions Shrimati Radhikarani were written down around the same time. And the narrator of The Bramha Vaivarta Puraan, Ugrasrava Sauti, was a disciple of Ved Vyaasa himself! Then how can you say that one work is legitimately true and the other isn't?
You don't have to worship Radhaji. You can think of her in anyway you want because we all have a mind and can think for ourselves. However, you don't have to go out of your way to correct how others think and go about their lives. Nothing you say or anyone else says will change our personal beliefs, those that we hold true to our hearts.
We are all mature people here. We're not little children. We should be able to get along despite our differences.
I second you. It's getting really tiresome reading bhashans from people who act like know-it-alls about Hindu scriptures.
None of us are gurus in this area, but we all have beliefs that are close to our heart and no one has the right to tell us what to believe and not believe. People can't be scientists in religion. You can't analyze religion as you do science and say you need proofs
to believe something or someone, because to be honest, we will never
know what happened in the treta or dwapar yugas. We can make assumptions and debate about it using different scripture, but in the end of the day we'll never know what is true and not true. We cannot say that one source is more accurate than another, because ALL of these sources were passed through many hands and told through word of mouth. Every scripture out there has been modified somewhat throughout the ages. We can't do anything about that except believe what is true to our heart and helps us get closer to God.