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Beyond the Formless Philosophies

Beyond the Formless Philosophies

By mental speculation one concludes that because material forms are temporary, spirit, to be eternal, must be formless. This reasoning, however, is illogical, like the conditioned thinking of a cow…

Escaping the Dream — Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out

Escaping the Dream — Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out

In a dream we see so many things that have nothing to do with us. This is our nighttime dream, and we recognize it when we wake up. Unfortunately generally…

Without Him Nothing can Exist

Without Him Nothing can Exist

There are many philosophers. Some of them think the Absolute Truth is impersonal, and others say it is personal. In India the impersonalists are known as Mayavadis and the personalists…

Questions and Answers on the Science of God

Questions and Answers on the Science of God

Do we have free will? Are we all on the same path? Are we going in the same direction? Will we all reach the same destination?…

Neighbor James

Neighbor James

William James’s “Soul Theory” seemed imposing at first—as imposing as William James Hall must have looked to my grandmother. As it turned out, James was pretty close to home. by…

The Whole Truth

The Whole Truth

Satyaraja dasa addresses a gathering at the Whole Life Expo in New York City. Thank you for allowing me to speak at the 1985 Whole Life Expo. I would like…

Can Faith Be Reasonable?

Our modern society, with its emphasis on science and technology, would certainly seek to view itself as being rooted in reason rather than in faith. Faith, after all, connotes unquestioning…

Theosophy Ends in Vaishnavism

Theosophy Ends in Vaishnavism

In brief, a believer in Theosophy accepts as a fact that, "in and through all things, a Directing Will is at work, with a plan of Action from moment…

Plato’s Politics

Plato’s Politics

Plato believed society can enjoy prosperity and harmony only if it places people in working categories or classes according to their natural abilities. He thought people should find out their…

Psychoanalysis and the Soul

Psychoanalysis and the Soul

Even in the so-called normal condition, the pleasure derived from sexual intercourse is simply frustrating and insignificant. For ordinary men attached to the materialistic way of life, their only pleasure…

Searching for the Place of No Anxiety…

Searching for the Place of No Anxiety…

Atheist-existentialist Jean-Paul Sartre writes that because man wants to be God but cannot, he is a "useless passion" in a universe that has no purpose—and thus, he is always in…

From Despair to Love (Part 2) Making the Leap of Faith

From Despair to Love (Part 2) Making the Leap of Faith

Soren Kierkegaard, the father of existentialism, said we have to make the leap of faith and he saw the goal as God. He wrote, "There is a God—His will is…

From Despair to Love

From Despair to Love

Soren Kierkegaard was a mid-nineteenth-century Danish philosopher who is generally regarded as the father of existentialism. A devout Christian, he believed that religious truth is not innate within man, and…

Nirvana – Annihilation or Devotion?

Nirvana – Annihilation or Devotion?

German pessimist philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) thought that nirvana, (freedom from suffering) means becoming desireless—putting an end to our will. But His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada disagrees.…

What Thomas Aquinas Knew and Didn’t Know About the Kingdom of God

What Thomas Aquinas Knew and Didn’t Know About the Kingdom of God

Thomas Aquinas compiled the entire Church doctrine in Summa Theologica, which constitutes the official philosophy of the Roman Catholic Church. He also systematized a good deal of Platonic and Aristotelian…

The Secret of the “Superman”

The Secret of the “Superman”

Friedrich Nietzsche thought of the "superman" as someone totally self-controlled, unafraid, simple, aware, self-reliant... and nonexistent. But here His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada tells us about real supermen—who…

Liberation of the Cave Dwellers

Liberation of the Cave Dwellers

In Plato's Republic, Socrates uses the allegory of the cave to illustrate the nature of man's attachment to the illusory things of this material universe. He tells of men living…

Acquiring Perfect Knowledge

Acquiring Perfect Knowledge

Logic and reason are useful in the search for the Absolute Truth. But they're not enough to obtain perfect knowledge, we must overcome four basic human defects.…

The Process of Surrender in God Realization

Surrendering all unto the Supreme Lord is a difficult if not impossible task for must people. This is because they are not aware of the peace such surrender brings.…

On the Constitution of the Soul

On the Constitution of the Soul

The soul can never be cut into pieces by any weapon, nor can he be moistened by the water, nor withered by the wind. This individual soul is unbreakable and…

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