Download A. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada "Speculative knowledge alone, without devotional service, is not able to give liberation. H is Divine Grace A. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is widely regarded as the foremost Vedic scholar, translator, and teacher of the modern era. He is also the founder-acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. He specifically taught the philosophy of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the divine avatar who revived Krishna-bhakti all over India in the s.
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The idea for the book Dialectic Spiritualism emerged in when Srila Prabhupada began asking his secretary, Syamasundara dasa, about Western philosophy. Syamasundara would try to state succinctly the major ideas of certain philosophers, and Srila Prabhupada would give the Vedic view. Almost immediately some people objected since professional scholars had not presented the material to Srila Prabhupada, there might be some discrepancies. One student tried to restate the questions.
Then another tried, only to conclude that it would be better to start all over. But Srila Prabhupada was no longer present and the extensive work, on which he had spent so much time, remained unavailable to to the world. Much of the confusion arises from a difference in methodology and perspective. For many Westerners, philosophy is a kind of armchair speculation, an intellectual game, but for followers of the Vedas, it is a matter of life and death.
Or, more precisely, it is the recognition of the absolute need to stop the repetition of birth and death. For Srila Prabhup wada real philosophy deals with applying absolute knowledge in our daily lives consciously, moment by moment. For instance we are discussing the philosophy of Socrates in order to strengthen our Krishna consciousness. Therefore the ultimate goal is Krishna. We are neutral. Far from celebrating the authority of the individual mind, or the autonomy of ascendence of reason, the Vedas point out four fundamental defects of the conditioned souls.
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