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Smart Quote of the Day, March 30, 2016

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" . . . In the Bhagavad-gita, Lord Krishna instructs His disciple Arjuna, 'Just surrender unto Me, and I shall protect you from all sinful reactions.' And Arjuna accepts Krishna's instruction with the words . . .'I will do as You say.' . . . If we follow Arjuna's example, we will be in direct contact with Krishna, and we will be able to surmount all difficulties in both our spiritual and material life."

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Today's Smart Quote is from A Second Chance, Chapter 13, in the section entitled, "We must serve . . . but whom?."

In the Bhagavad-gita (18.66) Lord Krishna instructs His disciple Arjuna, "Just surrender unto Me, and I shall protect you from all sinful reactions." And Arjuna accepts Krishna's instruction with the words karishye vacanam tava: "I will do as You say." (Bhagavad-gita 18.73) If we follow Arjuna's example, we will be in direct contact with Krishna, and we will be able to surmount all difficulties in both our spiritual and material life.

We hear the instructions of Krishna via the unbroken chain of disciplic succession (guru-parampara). Acceptance of these instructions is called siksha, or voluntarily following the instruction of the spiritual master. The independent nature of the living entity is that he does not want to follow the instructions of another living being, however pure. But when one voluntarily agrees to obey the orders of the spiritual master, one is following the orders of Krishna, and thus one's life becomes perfect.