“Because the Lord does not give blessings of material opulence to His devotee, people are afraid of worshiping Lord Vishnu because they see that the Vaishnavas, who are worshipers of Lord Vishnu, are poor in superficial material opulences.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Shrimad Bhagavatam, 4.22.36 Purport)
For a person fortunate enough to grow up in Vedic culture, there are many options with respect to spiritual life. It is not a singular path, with no room for trial and error, experimentation, or doubts. For as many desires as the mind can conjure up, that many kinds of religious paths, or dharmas, exist.
Those who are familiar with the material nature and its inhibiting effect on the otherwise spotless spirit soul directly seek the shelter of the origin of everything. In the ultimate feature that origin is personal, i.e. it is an individual, separate and distinct…
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