Smart Quote of the Day, September 23, 2020

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"If one practices bhakti-yoga by taking shelter of Vasudeva, Krishna, simply by hearing Vasudeva speak about Himself, one can understand everything about Him. Indeed, one can understand Him completely…"

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This is from the Srimad-Bhagavatam 8.12.10

[This chapter of the Srimad-Bhagavatam is entitled, "The Mohini-murti Incarnation Bewilders Lord Siva." It describes how Lord Siva was bewildered upon seeing the beautiful Mohini-murti incarnation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and how he later came to his senses. In today's verse, Lord Siva is offering Lord Krishna some words of praise.]

TRANSLATION

O my Lord, I, who am considered to be the best of the demigods, and Lord Brahma and the great rsis, headed by Marici, are born of the mode of goodness. Nonetheless, we are bewildered by Your illusory energy and cannot understand what this creation is. Aside from us, what is to be said of others, like the demons and human beings, who are in the base modes of material nature [rajo-guna and tamo-guna]? How will they know You?

PURPORT (excerpt):


sarva-dharman parityajya
mam ekam saranam vraja

…“Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me.” (Bg. 18.66)


bhaktya mam abhijanati
yavan yas casmi tattvatah

“One can understand the Supreme Personality as He is only by devotional service.” (Bg. 18.55)

The Supreme Personality of Godhead is not properly understood even by Lord Siva or Lord Brahma, what to speak of others, but He can be understood by the process of bhakti-yoga.


mayy asakta-manah partha
yogam yuñjan mad-asrayah
asamsayam samagram mam
yatha jñasyasi tac chrnu

(Bg. 9.7)

If one practices bhakti-yoga by taking shelter of Vasudeva, Krishna, simply by hearing Vasudeva speak about Himself, one can understand everything about Him. Indeed, one can understand Him completely (samagram)…

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