Smart Quote of the Day, August 9, 2019

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"Because of their uncontrolled senses, persons too addicted to materialistic life make progress toward hellish conditions and repeatedly chew that which has already been chewed. Their inclinations toward Krishna are never aroused, either by the instructions of others, by their own efforts, or by a combination of both."

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This is a quote from Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.5.30

[In this chapter, the saintly prince Prahlad is answering his demonic father's question, "What is the best thing you've learned in school?" Instead of the answer he was expecting, Prahlad begins to tell him about devotional service (bhakti-yoga) to the Supreme Person.]

TRANSLATION

Prahlada Maharaja replied: Because of their uncontrolled senses, persons too addicted to materialistic life make progress toward hellish conditions and repeatedly chew that which has already been chewed. Their inclinations toward Krishna are never aroused, either by the instructions of others, by their own efforts, or by a combination of both.

PURPORT

In this verse the words matir na krsne refer to devotional service rendered to Krishna. So-called politicians, erudite scholars and philosophers who read Bhagavad-gita try to twist some meaning from it to suit their material purposes, but their misunderstandings of Krishna will not yield them any profit. Because such politicians, philosophers and scholars are interested in using Bhagavad-gita as a vehicle for adjusting things materially, for them constant thought of Krishna, or Krishna consciousness, is impossible (matir na krsne).

As stated in Bhagavad-gita (18.55), bhaktya mam abhijanati: only through devotional service can one understand Krishna as He is. The so-called politicians and scholars think of Krishna as fictitious. The politician says that his Krishna is different from the Krishna depicted in Bhagavad-gita. Even though he accepts Krishna and Rama as the Supreme he thinks of Rama and Krishna as impersonal because he has no idea of service to Krishna. Thus his only business is punah punas carvita-carvananam — chewing the chewed again and again.

The aim of such politicians and academic scholars is to enjoy this material world with their bodily senses. Therefore it is clearly stated here that those who are grha-vrata, whose only aim is to live comfortably with the body in the material world, cannot understand Krishna.

The two expressions grha-vrata and carvita-carvananam indicate that a materialistic person tries to enjoy sense gratification in different bodily forms, life after life, but is still unsatisfied. In the name of personalism, this ism or that ism, such persons always remain attached to the materialistic way of life…

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