Civilization And Transcendence

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Civilization And Transcendence


In June of 1976, Bhavan's Journal, a Bombay cultural and religious magazine, sent various religious and spiritual leaders a questionnaire, seeking enlightened answers to some of the perplexing questions of the day, such as the place of religion in modern society.

One recipient of their questionnaire was Srila Prabhupada, who took the opportunity to make a thorough presentation of the ideal Vedic civilization, show the faults of modern society from the viewpoint of transcendence, and offer practical solutions based on Krishna conscious teachings.

His answers to Bhavan's Journal were later compiled and published as Civilization and Transcendence, a compact and lively book of questions and answers like this:

Srila Prabhupada: We are sometimes labeled "escapists." What is the charge?
Disciple: They say we are escaping from reality.
Srila Prabhupada: Yes, escaping your fruitless endeavor.