Smart Quote of the Day, August 3, 2020

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"One’s material strength is nothing before the strength of the Supreme Personality of Godhead."

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This is from the Srimad-Bhagavatam 8.8.21

[This chapter of the Srimad-Bhagavatam is entitled, "The Churning of the Milk Ocean." It describes how the goddess of fortune appeared during the churning of the Ocean of Milk and how she accepted Lord Vishnu as her husband. As described later in the chapter, when Dhanvantari appeared with a pot of nectar the demons immediately snatched it from him, but Lord Vishnu appeared as the incarnation Mohini, the most beautiful woman in the world, just to captivate the demons and save the nectar for the demigods.]

TRANSLATION

Someone may possess full knowledge of religion but still not be kind to all living entities. In someone, whether human or demigod, there may be renunciation, but that is not the cause of liberation. Someone may possess great power and yet be unable to check the power of eternal time. Someone else may have renounced attachment to the material world, yet he cannot compare to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Therefore, no one is completely freed from the influence of the material modes of nature.

PURPORT (excerpt):

We find that there have been many great heroes in history, but they could not escape from the cruel hands of death.

Even the greatest hero cannot escape from the ruling power of the Supreme Personality of Godhead when Krishna comes as death. That is described by Krishna Himself: mrtyuh sarva-haras caham. The Lord, appearing as death, takes away a hero’s so-called power. Even Hiranyakasipu could not be saved when Nrsimhadeva appeared before him as death.

One’s material strength is nothing before the strength of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.


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