Topic: Life, perplexities of

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Our spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, used to say, “All problems can be solved by Krishna consciousness.” We, his disciples, believed him, followed his instructions, and saw our problems solved individually and collectively in the Krishna consciousness movement. But nondevotees don’t believe Krishna consciousness can solve the seemingly intractable problems...
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In writing about Krishna consciousness for Back to Godhead, I sometimes browse through books of quotations from famous people. I recently came across this quote from an American comedian: “Most of the time I don’t have much fun. The rest of the time I don’t have any fun at all.” The power of wit is in delivering the unexpected, and also in saying something we can all agree with. Wouldn’t we all...
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Former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno once traveled through Florida campaigning for the governorship of the state. The local radio news ran an excerpt of her speech. She declared, with typical campaigner’s canned enthusiasm, that if we can send people to the moon then, by golly, we should be able to give all kids in Florida a good education! I hear similar arguments often: “If we can send...
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Freud’s astute analysis of material suffering strikingly resembles the Vedic description. But does he offer a viable remedy? The conditioned soul … is always covered by ignorance and embarrassed by the threefold miseries of life. Thus he is a treasure house of all kinds of tribulations. (Caitanya-caritamrita [a sixteenth-century Bengali scripture], Antya-lila, Chapter 5, verse 127...
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An allegory from the Srimad-Bhagavatam sheds some light on our modern struggle for enjoyment. When we view the world around us through the eyes of the scriptures, our understanding of it changes. The scriptures tell us that because nothing is permanent in this material world, that which appears desirable-like wealth, fame, strength, or beauty is ultimately not, because it is not retainable....
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Why try to forget life’s hardships through mind-numbing diversions, when you can escape to the pleasure of reality? The glories of the Lord, God of all creation, as He appears in His original form as Krishna fill the pages of the book before me. The Srimad-Bhagavatam delivers excitement, adventure, love, bravery and battles, the inner and outer struggles of real people interacting with the Lord...
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The heroes of my youth were the great healers of humanity. While it’s true that in those days I could be seen with other American boys paying homage to the likes of Elvis Presley and Joe DiMaggio, I rendered them only lip service. My real—if somewhat secret—devotion was reserved for a pantheon of great medical pioneers like William Jenner, discoverer of the smallpox vaccination; Robert Koch, who...