Smart Quote of the Day, July 28, 2021

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"In the human form of life, one must learn these two things — how to become detached from the material world and how to acquire full knowledge in spiritual life."

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This is from the Srimad-Bhagavatam 9.24.67

[This chapter of the Srimad-Bhagavatam is entitled, "Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead." This twenty-fourth chapter describes the dynasty in which Krishna appeared, and presents the reasons for His appearance...]

TRANSLATION

Thereafter, Lord Sri Krishna created a misunderstanding between family members just to diminish the burden of the world. Simply by His glance, He annihilated all the demoniac kings on the Battlefield of Kurukshetra and declared victory for Arjuna. Finally, He instructed Uddhava about transcendental life and devotion and then returned to His abode in His original form.

PURPORT (excerpt):

…The mission of Lord Krishna was performed on the Battlefield of Kurukshetra, for by the Lord’s mercy Arjuna was victorious due to being a great devotee whereas the others were killed simply by the Lord’s glance, which cleansed them of all sinful activities and enabled them to attain sarupya [a type of liberation from material existence in which one receives a bodily form like the Lord's].

Finally, Lord Krishna instructed Uddhava about the transcendental life of devotional service, and then, in due course of time, He returned to His abode.

The Lord’s instructions in the form of Bhagavad-gita are full of jñana and vairagya, knowledge and renunciation. In the human form of life, one must learn these two things — how to become detached from the material world and how to acquire full knowledge in spiritual life. This is the Lord’s mission (paritranaya sadhunam vinasaya ca duskrtam).

After executing His complete mission, the Lord returned to His home, Goloka Vrindavan.

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