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Smart Quote of the Day, September 15, 2020

"A pure devotee is not concerned with material things. He is not concerned with religiosity, economic development or sense gratification. He is interested only in serving the lotus feet of the Lord."

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This is from the Srimad-Bhagavatam 8.12.6

[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

Pure devotees or great saintly persons who desire to achieve the highest goal in life and who are completely free from all material desires for sense gratification engage constantly in the transcendental service of Your lotus feet.

PURPORT (excerpt):

One is in the material world when he thinks, “I am this body, and everything with reference to my body is mine.” … This is the symptom of material life. In the materialistic conception of life, one thinks, “This is my house, this is my land, this is my family, this is my state,” and so on. But those who are munayah, saintly persons following in the footsteps of Narada Muni, simply engage in the transcendental loving service of the Lord without any personal desire for sense gratification…

Either in this life or in the next, the only concern of such saintly devotees is to serve the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Thus they are also absolute because they have no other desires. Being freed from the dualities of material desire, they are called sreyas-kamah

The only concern of such devotees is moksa, liberation. This moksa does not refer to becoming one with the Supreme like the Mayavadi philosophers.

A pure devotee is not concerned with material things. He is not concerned with religiosity, economic development or sense gratification. He is interested only in serving the lotus feet of the Lord.

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