When was Sanskrit brought into full development? Who was the inventor of the Sanskrit language? How old is Sanskrit as a language and when was it first written down?
- Ultimately, appeals to a sacred text will persuade those with faith in that text. Such appeals do not persuade those who do not trust the text or who have equal or greater faith in another text.
- The Mahabharata states that logic itself is inconclusive (since logic governs relationships between claims or premises and conclusions, not necessarily the truth value of the statements), and that scriptures are various. Thus, it is by following great souls that we find the elusive truth.
- Personally, I accept Krishna because my direct experiences demonstrate to me that I should accept Krishna. Also, I have experienced the purity and wisdom of Prabhupada, far beyond that of any other teacher I have met or heard of. In fact, every day, if not every moment, Krishna confirms to me His supremacy.
- Vedic culture teaches we may also evaluate a spiritual or religious process by the results it produces. Vishnu is well known as the sattva-devata, the Deity of those in goodness, such as the brahmanas. And it is in goodness that knowledge fully manifests, as taught in many scriptures, and as experienced in the real world.
- No one, certainly not myself, has the power to force anyone else see the truth of Krishna. Rather we can invite and point out, and if the other person has sufficiently evolved in their spiritual journey, our words will ring true to that person.
- God is not the conclusion of a necessary causal or logical chain, because God is an absolutely free being. Thus, a priori, we cannot expect to determine or prove His existence merely through natural laws or logical principles.
- We can and should combine reason with religion, but with balance, not a bizarre imbalance in which human reason subjugates spiritual knowledge.