The Stone That God Can’t Lift

Sri Krishna

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Remember that tricky, sneaky old question, Can God make a stone so heavy he can’t lift it? Well, I have finally found the answer.

Note: On a mobile phone, this poem is best viewed by holding the phone sideways.

Can God Lift It?

For years I challenged all to this debate.
My question always took the winner’s cup:
Can God Almighty make a stone so great
That even he himself can’t  pick it up?

The more I win the more I know I lose,
For I—and you—  have long become that stone.
Yes, Krishna gave us all the right to choose
To go with him or face this world alone.

If you know Krishna you will know this too
That we can live in paradise or hell
For Krishna gave to me and gave to you
Our own free will to choose where we will dwell.

Oh yes, my friend, we can defy the Lord.
We can refuse to let him lift us high.
By Krishna’s will we choose our own reward
So listen now, and I will tell you why.

It’s love that Krishna wants from you and me,
Without free will, though, what love can we give?
Free will shines in the spark of life, you see,
In you, in me, in all the things that live.

Free will means we can also turn away
Though Krishna wants to give the greatest gift.
If in this earthly realm we choose to stay,
Then we become the stone that God can’t lift.

Eternally touching my head to the floor at the lotus feet of my spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada,
⁓Umapati Swami , February 6, 2020

Photo top: Naughty Krishna holding a piece of candy (Jishnu Das)

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Srila Prabhupada

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is the teacher who brought Krishna Consciousness from India to the West and then to the rest of the world. He is the founder of  the worldwide Hare Krishna Movement as well as the author and compiler of many works of Vedic knowledge. He left this world in 1977.

Umapati Swami

One of the first American devotees of the Hare Krishna Movement, he became Srila Prabhupada’s disciple in 1966. Since then, he has preached Krishna Consciousness in many countries. He is the author of “My Days with Prabhupada,” available from Amazon. Now 84 years old, he has started this blog to share what he has learned.

© Umapati Swami 2020

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