Smart Quote of the Day, September 23, 2021

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“Those persons who are materially engrossed, being blind to the knowledge of ultimate truth, have many subject matters for hearing in human society, O Emperor.”

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This is from the Srimad-Bhagavatam, 10.2.10

[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 the Garbha-stuti prayers. Today's verse is spoken by Lord Krishna Himself.]

TRANSLATION

By sacrifices of animals, ordinary human beings will worship you gorgeously, with various paraphernalia, because you are supreme in fulfilling the material desires of everyone.

PURPORT (excerpt):

... A human being should actually be interested in understanding atma-tattva, the truth of atma, the spirit soul, and Paramatma, the supreme soul. Those who are interested in atma-tattva worship the Supreme Personality of Godhead…

However, as explained in the next verse of this chapter, those who cannot understand atma-tattva (apasyatam atma-tattvam) worship Yoga-maya in her different features. Therefore Srimad-Bhagavatam (2.1.2) says:

“Those persons who are materially engrossed, being blind to the knowledge of ultimate truth, have many subject matters for hearing in human society, O Emperor.”

Those who are interested in remaining in this material world and are not interested in spiritual salvation have many duties, but for one who is interested in spiritual salvation, the only duty is to surrender fully unto Krishna (sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam vraja). Such a person is not interested in material enjoyment.

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