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Smart Quote of the Day, August 21, 2019

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"One’s duty is to revive one’s relationship with [the Supreme Person] Narayana. A slight endeavor in this direction will make the attempt successful, whereas one will never be successful in pleasing his so-called family, society and nation, even if one endeavors to sacrifice his life."

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This is a quote from Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.6.19

[In this chapter, while their teachers are away, the saintly prince Prahlad is instructing his classmates--young sons of demoniac politicians--in the science of bhakti-yoga, devotional service to the Supreme Person]

TRANSLATION

My dear sons of demons, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Narayana, is the original Supersoul, the father of all living entities. Consequently there are no impediments to pleasing Him or worshiping Him under any conditions, whether one be a child or an old man. The relationship between the living entities and the Supreme Personality of Godhead is always a fact, and therefore there is no difficulty in pleasing the Lord.

PURPORT (excerpt):

Svalpam apy asya dharmasya trayate mahato bhayat: if one performs even very slight devotional service, Narayana is always ready to save one from the greatest danger. The definite example is Ajamila. Ajamila separated himself from the Supreme Personality of Godhead by performing many sinful activities and was condemned by Yamaraja to be very severely punished, but because at the time of death he chanted the name of Narayana, although he was calling not for the Supreme Lord Narayana but for his son named Narayana, he was saved from the hands of Yamaraja.

Therefore, pleasing Narayana does not require as much endeavor as pleasing one’s family, community and nation. We have seen important political leaders killed for a slight discrepancy in their behavior. Therefore pleasing one’s society, family, community and nation is extremely difficult. Pleasing Narayana, however, is not at all difficult; it is very easy.

One’s duty is to revive one’s relationship with Narayana. A slight endeavor in this direction will make the attempt successful, whereas one will never be successful in pleasing his so-called family, society and nation, even if one endeavors to sacrifice his life.

The simple endeavor involved in the devotional service of sravanam kirtanam visnoh, hearing and chanting the holy name of the Lord, can make one successful in pleasing the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu has therefore bestowed His blessings by saying, param vijayatesri-krsna-sankirtanam: “All glories to Sri Krishna sankirtana!”

If one wants to derive the actual benefit from this human form, he must take to the chanting of the holy name of the Lord.


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