About souls in the material realm

In the material realm, souls are here for various reasons. Some souls are here because they are atheists, competing against God, trying to kill God, trying to be God, or merge with God, or even dissolve into nothingness themselves. Some others, the spiritual guides, genuine gurus, great liberated teachers, are here to rescue those atheists from their own foolishness. And yet some others are in between, the recovering atheists. I am a recovering atheist myself. I know well that I am not God, will never be God.

I invite you to join me on a spiritual journey.

Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura sings:

jīvera kalyāṇa-sādhana-kāma
jagate āsi’ e madhura nāma
avidyā-timira-tāpana-rūpe
hṛd-gagane virāje

“The holy name of Lord Kṛṣṇa descends into the darkness of the material world just to benedict the conditioned souls. The holy name of Lord Kṛṣṇa is just like the sun that rises in the clear sky of the heart of the devotees.” Such brilliant knowledge cannot be understood by those who are trying, in the name of either piety or atheism, to exploit the material creation of the Lord. One must become a pure devotee of Lord Kṛṣṇa, and then his knowledge will illuminate everything in all directions: kasmin nu bhagavo vijñāte sarvam idaṁ vijñātaṁ bhavatīti (Muṇḍaka Upaniṣad 1.3). from purport to SB 11.7.51

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