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Smart Quote of the Day, November 13, 2019

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"…the material body is caused by the spiritual body and is therefore an expansion of the spiritual body. Thus when one takes up spiritual activities, one’s entire material body is spiritualized. Similarly, in this material world, when the Krishna consciousness movement expands, the entire material world becomes spiritualized. As long as we do not realize this, we live in the material world, but when we are fully Krishna conscious we live not in the material world but in the spiritual world."

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This is a quote from Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.9.33

[In this chapter, the saintly prince Prahlada, following the order of Lord Brahma, pacified the Lord when the Lord was extremely angry after having killed Hiranyakasipu.]

TRANSLATION

This cosmic manifestation, the material world, is also Your body. This total lump of matter is agitated by Your potent energy known as kala-shakti, and thus the three modes of material nature are manifested. You awaken from the bed of Sesa, Ananta, and from Your navel a small transcendental seed is generated. It is from this seed that the lotus flower of the gigantic universe is manifested, exactly as a banyan tree grows from a small seed.

PURPORT:

The three different forms of Maha-Vishnu — namely Karanodakasayi Vishnu, Garbhodakasayi Vishnu and Ksirodakasayi Vishnu, who are the origin of creation and maintenance — are gradually being described.

From Maha-Vishnu, Garbhodakasayi Vishnu is generated, and from Garbhodakasayi Vishnu, Ksirodakasayi Vishnu gradually expands. Thus Maha-Vishnu is the original cause of Garbhodakasayi Vishnu, and from Garbhodakasayi Vishnu comes the lotus flower from which Lord Brahma is manifested. Thus the original cause of everything is Vishnu, and consequently the cosmic manifestation is not different from Vishnu.

This is confirmed in Bhagavad-gita (10.8), wherein Krishna says, aham sarvasya prabhavo mattah sarvam pravartate: “I am the source of all spiritual and material worlds. Everything emanates from Me.”

Garbhodakasayi Vishnu is an expansion of Karanodakasayi Vishnu, who is an expansion of Sankarsana. In this way, Krishna is ultimately the cause of all causes (sarva-karana-karanam). The conclusion is that both the material world and spiritual world are considered to be the body of the Supreme Lord.

We can understand that the material body is caused by the spiritual body and is therefore an expansion of the spiritual body. Thus when one takes up spiritual activities, one’s entire material body is spiritualized. Similarly, in this material world, when the Krishna consciousness movement expands, the entire material world becomes spiritualized. As long as we do not realize this, we live in the material world, but when we are fully Krishna conscious we live not in the material world but in the spiritual world.



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