Oh, what a strange web we weave, when first we start to deceive

‘Our laughters and tears are alike deceitful. They are the reflexes of gain or loss of ephemeral, trivial and ugly sensuous pleasures. Bankrupt commercialism cannot provide the due incentive for the real function of the soul, the realization of which can alone meet our proper requirements’

(Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur, ‘Spiritual Morality and Aesthetic Culture’)