Smart Quote of the Day, September 13, 2021

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"The work of unseen destiny cannot be ascertained by practical experimental knowledge, and therefore one must be satisfied by reasoning that everything is done by supreme providence."

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This is from the Srimad-Bhagavatam, 10.1.51

[This chapter of the Srimad-Bhagavatam is entitled, "The Advent of Lord Krishna: Introduction." This chapter describes how Kamsa [a king of the Bhoja dynasty], frightened by hearing an omen about his being killed by the eighth son of Devaki, killed Devaki’s sons one after another.]

TRANSLATION

When a fire, for some unseen reason, leaps over one piece of wood and sets fire to the next, the reason is destiny. Similarly, when a living being accepts one kind of body and leaves aside another, there is no other reason than unseen destiny.

PURPORT:

When there is a fire in a village, the fire sometimes jumps over one house and burns another. Similarly, when there is a forest fire, the fire sometimes jumps over one tree and catches another. Why this happens, no one can say. One may set forth some imaginary reason why the nearest tree or house did not catch fire whereas a tree or house in a distant place did, but actually the reason is destiny.

This reason also applies to the transmigration of the soul, by which a prime minister in one life may become a dog in the next. The work of unseen destiny cannot be ascertained by practical experimental knowledge, and therefore one must be satisfied by reasoning that everything is done by supreme providence.

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