Smart Quote of the Day, October 23, 2020

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"People who do not have scientific spiritual knowledge mistakenly think that the members of the Krishna consciousness movement are escapists trying to avoid material activities. In fact, however, we are engaged in real activities for obtaining the ultimate happiness in life. If one is not trained to satisfy the spiritual senses and continues in material sense gratification, he will never obtain happiness that is eternal and blissful."

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This is from the Srimad-Bhagavatam 8.19.24

[This chapter of the Srimad-Bhagavatam is entitled, " Lord Vamanadeva Begs Charity from Bali Maharaja." This chapter describes how Lord Vamanadeva (Krishna, disguised as a dwarf) asked for three paces of land in charity, how Bali Maharaja agreed to His proposal, and how Bali Maharaja's guru forbade him to fulfill Lord Vamanadeva’s request.]

TRANSLATION

One should be satisfied with whatever he achieves by his previous destiny, for discontent can never bring happiness. A person who is not self-controlled will not be happy even with possessing the three worlds.

PURPORT (excerpt):

…According to brahminical culture, one should be content with whatever he obtains without special endeavor and should cultivate spiritual consciousness. Then he will be happy.

The purpose of the Krishna consciousness movement is to spread this understanding. People who do not have scientific spiritual knowledge mistakenly think that the members of the Krishna consciousness movement are escapists trying to avoid material activities. In fact, however, we are engaged in real activities for obtaining the ultimate happiness in life.

If one is not trained to satisfy the spiritual senses and continues in material sense gratification, he will never obtain happiness that is eternal and blissful.

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