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Fate, Free Will and You

Fate, Free Will and You

The philosophical question of fate versus free will is an old one. Are our thoughts and actions completely determined by forces over which we have no control? Or, are we…

Existentialism — The Hidden God

Existentialism — The Hidden God

In recent years there have been many philosophies based around the premise of the nonexistence of God. One such philosophy, existentialism, which emerged in a shattered France during World War…

Freedom from All Miseries

I have strong evidence to support the fact that there is no happiness in the material world and I have equally strong evidence to prove that any human being can…

Philosophy: The Quest for Certainty

Philosophy: The Quest for Certainty

A frequent criticism of the Krsna consciousness philosophical tradition is that it places too much emphasis on authority. This is not surprising, seeing as how philosophy in the modern world…

Sufferings of Humanity — Is Providence responsible for it?

No. Providence is not responsible for the sufferings of humanity. The suffering of humanity is the result of its misuse of discriminative power or the little independence which is given…

Philosophical Problems Within Social Awareness

In the relative truth everything can be known within the purview of time, space and thought but in the realm of the Absolute no such method of scientific thought can…

Theosophy Concluded

The Theosophist knows, by his knowledge of the pattern, that men have not come together to form communities because of greed or for the purpose of self-protection; but that they…

Theosophy Concluded

The Theosophist believes in a Personalised Consciousness or a Directing Will behind the operation of the universal activity. This conclusion is logical as we see in every field of our…

Devotion and Rationalism

Truth cannot be realized by unremitting study of the Scriptures, by passing examinations, testing scholarly knowledge, by dint of intellectual power, or by outwitting unsophisticated folk in verbal jugglery by…

A Study in Mysticism

A Study in Mysticism

What is ego? I am pure soul, but with my intelligence and mind I am in contact with matter, and I have identified myself with matter—and this is false ego.…

Om, Kundalini, Reincarnation, the Astral World, and More

Om, Kundalini, Reincarnation, the Astral World, and More

Om is a manifestation of the Supreme Lord in the form of sound vibration. That is stated in the Bhagavad-gita. So, Hare Krsna and om have practically the same value,…

Are You Free?

Are You Free?

Many people are under the illusion that they were really happy in their youth. But once the fourfold miseries of material life—birth, disease, old-age and death—manifest themselves, the evanescence of…

The Logic of the Absolute

The Logic of the Absolute

People often ask us, "Can you prove the existence of God?" Proof indicates a conclusive demonstration that establishes the validity of an assertion, in this case the assertion that God…

Three Features of the Absolute

Three Features of the Absolute

One class of transcendentalists are the devotees, who have realized the Absolute Truth to be the Supreme Person. A second class are the yogis, who have realized the Supersoul. And…

Service or Slavery—The Choice Is Yours

Service or Slavery—The Choice Is Yours

This material nature is constituted in such a way that we have to suffer; it is God's law. And we are trying to relieve the suffering by patchwork remedies. Everyone…

John Berryman — “The Dream Songs” & Krsna’s Song

John Berryman — “The Dream Songs” & Krsna’s Song

The poet John Berryman was my teacher at the University of Minnesota the year he jumped from a bridge over the Mississippi and killed himself at the age of fifty-seven.…

Receiving Krsna’s Teachings As They Are

Receiving Krsna’s Teachings As They Are

Personalistic Bhagavad-gita scholars reject the idea that God is a formless entity. On the contrary, the personalists, or Vaisnavas, maintain that God's personal form is the source of all others.…

The Search for Self-fulfillment

Since everyone, no matter how he chooses to define the self, is interested in self-fulfillment, it is of paramount importance to know what the self is. Generally our concepts…

Aristotle and His Teachings

Aristotle and His Teachings

By speculation Aristotle may have known something about God, but our point is that we can know everything about God from God Himself. This is not a question of "religion."…

Dharma—Nature, Duty, and Divine Service

Dharma—Nature, Duty, and Divine Service

Srila Prabhupada often translates dharma simply as "religion." But he indicates that he uses this particular translation for convenience and for want of a better single English term, and he…

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