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Topic: Love of God

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I was surprised when Mr. Gupta told me that although he’d read some of Prabhupada’s writings, he still wasn’t sure what the goal of life was. After we’d talked a little, though, I understood that Mr. Gupta’s confusion wasn’t quite what I’d thought at first. His doubt went something like this: “I think I live a religious life. I work to support my family, and every day I take time to chant mantras...
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In Vedic society “love” of dogs, cats, country, relatives, and humanity goes by a different name. There’s a long history to bumper stickers. It began with Stone Age cavedwellers, who sometimes painted pictures on the walls of their homes. Later on, the Egyptians invented pyramids and decorated them with hieroglyphics. After that, Rome was built, and people were busy inscribing mottos and decrees...
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People outside spiritual life sometimes criticize Lord Krishna’s devotees and other spiritual aspirants for having renounced the material world. Spiritualists, the critics say, have abandoned loving relationships and therefore suffer emotional disturbances. For example, Bertrand Russell wrote of “gloomy saints who abstained from all pleasure of sense … denying themselves meat and wine and the...