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Smart Quote of the Day, December 30, 2015

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". . . a person in the mode of ignorance and interested only in his present body is like an animal, for an animal, being covered by ignorance, thinks that the ultimate goal of life is immediate happiness--to eat and have sex. A human being must be educated to rise above this platform, to understand his past life and how he can endeavor for a better life in the future."

Today's Smart Quote is from A Second Chance, Chapter 9, in the section entitled, "Forgetfulness."

One who is in the mode of ignorance cannot know what his past life was or what his next life will be; he is simply interested in his present body. Even though he has a human body, a person in the mode of ignorance and interested only in his present body is like an animal, for an animal, being covered by ignorance, thinks that the ultimate goal of life is immediate happiness--to eat and have sex. A human being must be educated to rise above this platform, to understand his past life and how he can endeavor for a better life in the future.

There is even a book, called the Bhrigu-samhita, which reveals information about one's past, present, and future lives according to astrological calculations. Somehow or other one must be enlightened about his past, present, and future. One who is interested only in his present body and who tries to enjoy his senses to the fullest extent is understood to be engrossed in the mode of ignorance. His future is very, very dark. Indeed, the future is always dark for one who is covered by gross ignorance. Especially in this age, human society is covered by the mode of ignorance, and therefore everyone thinks his present body to be everything, without consideration of the past or future.