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Smart Quote of the Day, June 25, 2019

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"…the Lord, like the government, is not partial at all. The government is not partial to any citizen, but if a citizen is law-abiding he receives abundant opportunities from the state laws to live peacefully and fulfill his real interests."

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This is a quote from Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.10.12

[This verse is spoken by the asura (demonic) king Hiranyakashipu. He's venting his anger against the universal order—the hierarchy of the Supreme Person Vishnu and His deputed agents the demigods—after the death of his brother Hiranyaksha. This section of the Srimad-Bhagavatam is meant to amplify the philosophical point that the Supreme Lord is equal to everyone, and relates to each individual soul as we choose to relate to Him.]

TRANSLATION

My insignificant enemies the demigods have combined to kill my very dear and obedient well-wisher, my brother Hiranyaksa. Although the Supreme Lord, Vishnu, is always equal to both of us — namely, the demigods and the demons — this time, being devoutly worshiped by the demigods, He has taken their side and helped them kill Hiranyaksa.

PURPORT:

As stated in Bhagavad-gita (9.29), samo ’ham sarva-bhutesu: the Lord is equal to all living entities. Since the demigods and demons are both living entities, how is it possible that the Lord was partial to one class of living beings and opposed to another? Actually it is not possible for the Lord to be partial.

Nonetheless, since the demigods, the devotees, always strictly follow the Supreme Lord’s orders, because of sincerity they are victorious over the demons, who know that the Supreme Lord is Vishnu but do not follow His instructions.

Because of constantly remembering the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vishnu, the demons generally attain sayujya-mukti [merging into the Lord's impersonal effulgence] after death.

The demon Hiranyakasipu accused the Lord of being partial because the demigods worshiped Him, but in fact the Lord, like the government, is not partial at all. The government is not partial to any citizen, but if a citizen is law-abiding he receives abundant opportunities from the state laws to live peacefully and fulfill his real interests.



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