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Smart Quote of the Day, October 13, 2020

"The material world is an illusory energy to deviate the living entities from the path of self-realization."

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This is from the Srimad-Bhagavatam 8.19.21

[This chapter of the Srimad-Bhagavatam is entitled, "Lord Vamanadeva Begs Charity from Bali Maharaja." This chapter describes how Lord Vamanadeva (Krishna, disguised as a dwarf) asked for three paces of land in charity, how Bali Maharaja agreed to His proposal, and how Sukracarya forbade Bali Maharaja to fulfill Lord Vamanadeva’s request.]


The Personality of Godhead said: O my dear King, even the entirety of whatever there may be within the three worlds to satisfy one’s senses cannot satisfy a person whose senses are uncontrolled.

PURPORT (excerpt):

The material world is an illusory energy to deviate the living entities from the path of self-realization. Anyone who is in this material world is extremely anxious to get more and more things for sense gratification. Actually, however, the purpose of life is not sense gratification but self-realization.

Therefore, those who are too addicted to sense gratification are advised to practice the mystic yoga system, or astanga-yoga system, consisting of yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara and so on. In this way, one can control the senses. The purpose of controlling the senses is to stop one’s implication in the cycle of birth and death…

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