*Sensitive issue, please stop reading if at any time you find my review is offensive. You have been warned.*
This is what I summarized from the talk from the 4 speakers.
Aim: To be at god's feet (stop of rebirth)
Drive: Good Karma and rebirths
Aim: To live in heaven with fellow believers
Drive: After life justice and believing in ......(the impression I get is fear)
Aim: Get out of the "samsara" cycle (rebirth)
Drive: Achieving balance, no good karma, no bad karma
Aim: Go to heaven, live in pleasure
Drive: Believe in.... and that pleasure is awaiting
Question I asked: When we are reborn we carry the karma of the past but not our memories. What thinking should we have when we are faced with a suffering that is possibly due to bad karma that we dont remember accumulating?
Answer: We must understand that this sufferings are due to karma and accept it openly, whole-heartedly.
What I think: Probably the speaker is right, when you accept something openly, whole-heartedly, it hurts less than trying to reason out, "why me? what have I done?". That said, it is also not easy to accept suffering unlike accepting joy and happiness.
Unlike the other questions by other students such as, "what is in 'your' heaven?", I think mine is more practical. By asking what your heaven has to offer, are you implying that if the other religion offers a better heaven, I will ditch my religion and join that religion.
This is a personal view, I find it offensive when someone says, I will be punished for not accepting a certain religion when I die.