Smart Quote of the Day, January 14, 2021

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"People are kept in darkness about the goal of life, and thus there is a continuous struggle for existence. We speak of 'survival of the fittest,' but no one survives, for no one is free under material conditions."

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This is from the Srimad-Bhagavatam 8.22.9

[This chapter of the Srimad-Bhagavatam is entitled, "Bali Maharaja Arrested By The Lord." This chapter describes how Lord Vishnu, wanting to advertise the glories of Bali Maharaja, arrested him for not fulfilling his promise in regard to the Lord’s third step. Today's verse is spoken by Bali Maharaja on the subject of material attachment.]

TRANSLATION

What is the use of the material body, which automatically leaves its owner at the end of life? And what is the use of all one’s family members, who are actually plunderers taking away money that is useful for the service of the Lord in spiritual opulence? What is the use of a wife? She is only the source of increasing material conditions. And what is the use of family, home, country and community? Attachment for them merely wastes the valuable energy of one’s lifetime.

PURPORT (excerpt):

…We are very interested in society, friendship and love, but what are they? Those in the garb of friends and relatives merely plunder the hard-earned money of the bewildered soul. Everyone is affectionate toward his wife and is attached to her, but what is this wife? The wife is called stri, which means, “one who expands the material condition.” If a person lives without a wife, his material conditions are less extensive. As soon as one marries and is connected with a wife, his material necessities increase.

“The attraction between male and female is the basic principle of material existence. On the basis of this misconception, which ties together the hearts of the male and female, one becomes attracted to his body, home, property, children, relatives and wealth. In this way one increases life’s illusions and thinks in terms of ‘I and mine.’” (Bhag. 5.5.8)

Human life is meant for self-realization, not for increasing unwanted things. Actually, a wife increases unwanted things. One’s lifetime, one’s home and everything one has, if not properly used in the service of the Lord, are all sources of material conditions of perpetual suffering under the threefold miseries…

Unfortunately, there is no institution in human society for education on this subject. People are kept in darkness about the goal of life, and thus there is a continuous struggle for existence. We speak of “survival of the fittest,” but no one survives, for no one is free under material conditions.

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