Smart Quote of the Day, October 15, 2021

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"Human life is meant for God-realization, but unfortunately the materialistic civilization is stressing only the senses of the body, not understanding the living force within the body."

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This is from the Srimad-Bhagavatam, 10.2.20

[This chapter of the Srimad-Bhagavatam is entitled, "Prayers by the Demigods for Lord Krishna in the Womb." As described in this chapter, when the Supreme Personality of Godhead entered the womb of Devaki to kill Kamsa, all the demigods understood that the Lord was living within Devaki’s womb, and therefore in veneration they offered Him these Garbha-stuti prayers.]

TRANSLATION

Because the Supreme Personality of Godhead was within her womb, Devaki illuminated the entire atmosphere in the place where she was confined. Seeing her jubilant, pure and smiling, Kamsa thought, “The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vishnu, who is now within her, will kill me. Devaki has never before looked so brilliant and jubilant.”

PURPORT (excerpt):

The Lord says in Bhagavad-gita (4.7):

“Whenever and wherever there is a decline in religious practice, O descendant of Bharata, and a predominant rise of irreligion — at that time I descend Myself.”

In this age, at the present moment, there are inordinate discrepancies in the discharge of human duties. Human life is meant for God-realization, but unfortunately the materialistic civilization is stressing only the senses of the body, not understanding the living force within the body.

As clearly stated in Bhagavad-gita (dehino ’smin yatha dehe), within the body is the body’s proprietor, the living force, which is more important. But human society has become so fallen that instead of understanding the living force within the body, people have become busy with external things. This is a discrepancy in human duties. Therefore Krishna has taken birth or taken shelter within the womb of the Krishna consciousness movement.

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