My collectible JP trading card! At Steven Ray Morris’s birthday party!

On Religion, Philosophy, And Shitty Art.

I have never been given a lot of reasons to believe religion is terribly important or good for me. I’m deeply skeptical about Christianity in particular. However, I want to be educated in the great words of humanity, so I’ve been skimming “The...

O sinless Arjuna, I have already explained that there are two classes of men who try to realize the self. Some are inclined to understand it by empirical, philosophical speculation, and others by devotional service.

Purport: In the Second Chapter, verse 39, the Lord explains two kinds of procedures – namely sankhya-yoga and karma-yoga, or buddhi yoga… Sankhya-Yoga… is the subject matter for persons who are inclined to speculate and understand things by experimental knowledge and philosophy. The other class of men work in Krsna-consciousness… Therefore, both the yogas are interdependent, as religion and philosophy.

Religion without philosophy is sentiment, or sometimes fanaticism, while philosophy without religion is mental speculation. The ultimate goal is Krsna, because the philosophers who are sincerely searching after the Absolute Truth come in the end to Krsna consciousness… The whole process is to understand the self in relation to the Superself.

Read more