Smart Quote of the Day, October 18, 2021

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"…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."

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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.

As stated by authorities (Cc. Adi 17.22), kali-kale nama-rupe Krishna-avatara: in this age, Krishna has appeared in the Hare Krishna maha-mantra. The Krishna consciousness movement is spreading like wildfire all over the world, and it will go on doing so...

The movement will go on increasing more and more, provided the leaders of the movement remain firmly Krishna conscious by following the regulative principles and the primary activities of chanting the Hare Krishna mantra regularly.

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