Is The Vedic Viewpoint Pessimistic Or Optimistic

Krishna's Mercy

[Elevation to Krishna Consciousness]“Human life by nature is full of suffering, and lower life forms are even more miserable. Any sane man with properly discriminating senses can understand that life in the material world is full of miseries and that no one is free from the actions and reactions of such miseries. This is not a pessimistic view of life but is an actual fact which we should not be blind to.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Elevation To Krishna Consciousness, Ch 2)

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Friend1: Hey, let me ask you about pessimism and optimism.

Friend2: Glass half empty or half full?

Friend1: That’s pretty much it. I guess that’s why people use that comparison all the time.

Friend2: What did you want to ask?

Friend1: I’ve heard it said quite often that Vedic philosophy has a pessimistic view of the world.

Friend2: From people just learning about the philosophy?


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