Smart Quote of the Day, June 29, 2020

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"Because people are embarrassed by so many material desires, they worship Lord Siva, Lord Brahma, the goddess Kali, Durga, Ganesa and Surya to achieve different results. However, one can achieve all these results simultaneously just by worshiping Lord Vishnu."

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This is from the Srimad-Bhagavatam 8.5.49

[This chapter of the Srimad-Bhagavatam is entitled "The Demigods Appeal to the Lord for Protection." Included there is a genealogy of Manus—administrators of the universe—along with a narration of prayers by the demigods to the Supreme Person.]

TRANSLATION

When one pours water on the root of a tree, the trunk and branches of the tree are automatically pleased. Similarly, when one becomes a devotee of Lord Vishnu, everyone is served, for the Lord is the Supersoul of everyone.

PURPORT (excerpt):

As stated in the Padma Purana:


aradhananam sarvesam
visnor aradhanam param
tasmat parataram devi
tadiyanam samarcanam

“Of all types of worship, worship of Lord Vishnu is best, and better than the worship of Lord Vishnu is the worship of His devotee, the Vaishnava.”

There are many demigods worshiped by people who are attached to material desires (kamais tais tair hrta jñanah prapadyante ’nya-devatah). Because people are embarrassed by so many material desires, they worship Lord Siva, Lord Brahma, the goddess Kali, Durga, Ganesa and Surya to achieve different results. However, one can achieve all these results simultaneously just by worshiping Lord Vishnu.


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