Smart Quote of the Day, July 20, 2021

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"…Everyone must understand Krishna’s activities... If one understands the purpose of Krishna’s coming to this earth and performing His activities, one is immediately liberated. This liberation is the purpose of the creation and Krishna’s descent upon the surface of the earth."

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This is from the Srimad-Bhagavatam 9.24.59

[This chapter of the Srimad-Bhagavatam is entitled, "Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead." This twenty-fourth chapter describes the dynasty in which Krishna appeared, and presents the reasons for His appearance...]

TRANSLATION

Although the demons who take possession of the government are dressed like men of government, they do not know the duty of the government. Consequently, by the arrangement of God, such demons, who possess great military strength, fight with one another, and thus the great burden of demons on the surface of the earth is reduced. The demons increase their military power by the will of the Supreme, so that their numbers will be diminished and the devotees will have a chance to advance in Krishna consciousness.

PURPORT (excerpt):

…Everyone must understand Krishna’s activities... If one understands the purpose of Krishna’s coming to this earth and performing His activities, one is immediately liberated. This liberation is the purpose of the creation and Krishna’s descent upon the surface of the earth.

Demons are very much interested in advancing a plan by which people will labor hard like cats, dogs and hogs, but Krishna’s devotees want to teach Krishna consciousness so that people will be satisfied with plain living and Krishna conscious advancement.

Although demons have created many plans for industry and hard labor so that people will work day and night like animals, this is not the purpose of civilization. Such endeavors are jagato’hitah; that is, they are meant for the misfortune of the people in general. Ksayaya: such activities lead to annihilation.

One who understands the purpose of Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, should seriously understand the importance of the Krishna consciousness movement and seriously take part in it. One should not endeavor for ugra-karma, or unnecessary work for sense gratification. Nunam pramattah kurute vikarma yad indriya-pritaya aprnoti (Bhag. 5.5.4).

Simply for sense gratification, people make plans for material happiness. Maya-sukhaya bharam udvahato vimudhan (Bhag. 7.9.43). They do this because they are all vimudhas, rascals.

For flickering happiness, people waste their human energy, not understanding the importance of the Krishna consciousness movement but instead accusing the simple devotees of brainwashing. Demons may falsely accuse the preachers of the Krishna consciousness movement, but Krishna will arrange a fight between the demons in which all their military power will be engaged and both parties of demons will be annihilated.

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