Smart Quote of the Day, December 6, 2019


"… a pure devotee of the Lord is always with Krishna through thick and thin; his way of life is Krishna."

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This is a quote from Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.10.49

[This chapter describes how the Supreme Personality of Godhead Nrsimhadeva disappeared, after pleasing His devotee, the saintly prince Prahlada Maharaja. It also describes a benediction given by Lord Siva. Today's verse was spoken by the traveling sage Narada to King Yudhisthira, the cousin of Lord Krishna]


The impersonal Brahman is Krishna Himself because Krishna is the source of the impersonal Brahman. He is the origin of the transcendental bliss sought by great saintly persons, yet He, the Supreme Person, is your most dear friend and constant well-wisher and is intimately related to you as the son of your maternal uncle. Indeed, He is always like your body and soul. He is worshipable, yet He acts as your servant and sometimes as your spiritual master.


There is always a difference of opinion about the Absolute Truth. One class of transcendentalists concludes that the Absolute Truth is impersonal, and another class concludes that the Absolute Truth is a person.

In Bhagavad-gītā, the Absolute Truth is accepted as the Supreme Person. Indeed, that Supreme Person Himself, Lord Krishna, instructs in Bhagavad-gītā, brahmaṇo hi pratiṣṭhāham, mattaḥ parataraṁ nānyat. “The impersonal Brahman is My partial manifestation, and there is no truth superior to Me.”

That same Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, acted as the supreme friend and relative of the Pāṇḍavas, and sometimes He even acted as their servant by carrying a letter from the Pāṇḍavas to Dhṛtarāṣṭra and Duryodhana.

Because Krishna was the well-wisher of the Pāṇḍavas, He also acted as guru by becoming the spiritual master of Arjuna. Arjuna accepted Krishna as his spiritual master (śiṣyas te ’haṁ śādhi māṁ tvāṁ prapannam), and Krishna sometimes chastised him.

For example, the Lord said, aśocyān anvaśocas tvaṁ prajñā-vādāṁś ca bhāṣase: “While speaking learned words, you are mourning for what is not worthy of grief.” The Lord also said, kutas tvā kaśmalam idaṁ viṣame samupasthitam: “My dear Arjuna, how have these impurities come upon you?” Such was the intimate relationship between the Pāṇḍavas and Krishna.

In the same way, a pure devotee of the Lord is always with Krishna through thick and thin; his way of life is Krishna. This is the statement of the authority Śrī Nārada Muni.