The Ultimate Philosophy of Krishna Consciousness
"Philosophy without religion unavoidably leads to dry mental speculation, and religion without philosophy unavoidably leads to sentimentalism and fanaticism."
between language and thought is. Science does not know how living cells interact
with nonliving matter. It does not know what the origin of the universe is, nor
how old the universe is, not what the ultimate fate of the universe will be."
[Charles M. Vest, professor, president of MIT, in the International Herald Tribune, January 16, 1996, p.8]
As evident from these Vedic scriptures, the knowledge they contain was originally given by the Supreme Personality of Godhead at the beginning of creation. Thereafter it was handed down through the ages in an unbroken chain of spiritual masters, expanded to fit the ever-changing times, places and circumstances, but never altered in essence or conclusion.
The philosophy of Krishna consciousness, being the ultimate conclusion of all Vedic knowledge, is therefore as old as time itself. Yet, it is never stale or boring. Human life is the same no matter what time setting it manifests in, hence its problems remain the same as well: birth, death, old age and disease. The root cause of these problems is our false identification with this material world and forgetfulness of our original position in relationship with the Supreme.
The Vaishnava philosophy addresses all of these issues and thereby guides us to the very roots of existence, while simultaneously displaying an amazing freshness in understanding the problems of "modern" life.
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