Welcome to our Fall Fundraiser. It takes money and manpower to run Krishna.com. Our staff of enthusiasts tinker tirelessly to bring you the website all about Krishna, delivering Krishna conscious content to over 4000 people a day in 195 countries. That's more than a million people each year. Help us help more people. We still need to raise $12,000 $10,241 to keep Krishna.com alive and vibrant for the next six months. Thank you to those who've contributed $1759 so far. Please help. If everyone reading this gave five dollars—the equivalent of two gallons of gas at current US pump prices—we'd be done with this fundraiser and could go back to doing what we love most... Click here to donate.

Why does life have to be so hard in this world?

The material world is a kind of virtual reality in which we souls, who are transcendental, spiritual persons, identify with the bodies we inhabit. We suffer because we think that whatever happens to our bodies happens to us. Krishna has designed the material world so that there's much suffering here, because He wants us to realize that we can never be satisfied outside of our relationship with Him.

To help us see the futility of our endeavors for material happiness, the Vedas describe three categories of suffering in this world:

Miseries from the Body and Mind

Every material body suffers the pains of birth, death, old age, and disease. And that's just the beginning of the list. Add hunger, thirst, lamentation, illusion, depression…

Miseries from Others

Human beings inflict unimaginable pain on each other. Even our family and friends can wound us deeply. Add to that biting insects, growling dogs, wild animals…

Miseries from Nature

Heat, cold, fire, hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis…

All suffering comes because we've lost our original consciousness—Krishna consciousness—and are identifying with our bodies and the temporary affairs of this world. By returning to Krishna we can regain the unending happiness that is our spiritual birthright.