A lecture presented at the Parliament of the World's Religions, Chicago, 1993.
"Can a rational person accept the stories of the Puranas as literally true? ... The distinguishing feature of the Vaisnava teachings is that God is a real person and His variegated creation is also real. Thus the Vaisnava approach to religious liberality is to regard all genuine religions as real divine revelations. Likewise, the Vaisnava teachings of love of God aim to set in place a relationship of loving service between the real individual soul and the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the performer of real transcendental pastimes."
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