(Kadamba Kanana Swami, September 2013, Cape Town, South Africa, BYS lecture)
We have an interesting story about a female saint in the Islamic tradition.
One morning, she came out of her house carrying two buckets, one with fire inside and the other, with water. And people saw her and said, “Oh! What are you going to do with all that fire and water?”
She said, “With the fire, I’m going to burn heaven, and with this water, I’m going to put out the flames of hell.”
“You’re going to burn heaven?”
She said, “Yes, I’m going to burn heaven because most people are only interested in spirituality because they want to attain heaven, and others are into spirituality because they’re afraid to go to hell. I’m going to burn heaven and put out the flames of hell so that people will take up the real purpose of religion, which is to develop love of God.”