Smart Quote of the Day, April 5, 2021

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"People suffer from material distress because they are not attached to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. A pure devotee’s chief concern, therefore, is to raise the ignorant mass of people to the sense of Krishna consciousness."

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This is from the Srimad-Bhagavatam 9.4.66

[This chapter of the Srimad-Bhagavatam is entitled, "Ambarisa Maharaja Offended by Durvasa Muni." This chapter tells of the extraordinary encounter between the great devotee Maharaja Ambarisa and the mystic sage Durvasa Muni. Today's verse is spoken by the Lord to Durvasa, and explains the high regard the Lord has for His devotees.]

TRANSLATION

As chaste women bring their gentle husbands under control by service, the pure devotees, who are equal to everyone and completely attached to Me in the core of the heart, bring Me under their full control.

PURPORT (excerpt):

…The pure devotee is actually equal toward everyone, as confirmed in Bhagavad-gita (18.54): brahma-bhutah prasannatma na socati na kanksati/ samah sarvesu bhutesu. Universal brotherhood is possible when one is a pure devotee…

A pure devotee is actually learned because he knows his constitutional position, he knows the position of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and he knows the relationship between the living entity and the Supreme Lord. Thus he has full spiritual knowledge and is automatically liberated…

He can therefore see everyone on the spiritual platform. He can comprehend the happiness and distress of all living entities. He understands that what is happiness to him is also happiness to others and that what is distress to him is distressing for others. Therefore he is sympathetic to everyone…

People suffer from material distress because they are not attached to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. A pure devotee’s chief concern, therefore, is to raise the ignorant mass of people to the sense of Krishna consciousness.


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