Smart Quote of the Day, August 4, 2020

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"By a scrutinizing analysis, we find that everyone is controlled by something else. No one, therefore, can be the true controller but the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna."

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This is from the Srimad-Bhagavatam 8.8.20

[This chapter of the Srimad-Bhagavatam is entitled, "The Churning of the Milk Ocean." It describes how the goddess of fortune appeared during the churning of the Ocean of Milk and how she accepted Lord Vishnu as her husband. As described later in the chapter, when Dhanvantari appeared with a pot of nectar the demons immediately snatched it from him, but Lord Vishnu appeared as the incarnation Mohini, the most beautiful woman in the world, just to captivate the demons and save the nectar for the demigods.]

TRANSLATION

The goddess of fortune, examining the assembly, thought in this way: Someone who has undergone great austerity has not yet conquered anger. Someone possesses knowledge, but he has not conquered material desires. Someone is a very great personality, but he cannot conquer lusty desires. Even a great personality depends on something else. How, then, can he be the supreme controller?

PURPORT:

Here is an attempt to find the supreme controller, or isvara. Everyone may be accepted as an isvara, or controller, but still such controllers are controlled by others.

For example, one may have undergone severe austerities but still be under the control of anger. By a scrutinizing analysis, we find that everyone is controlled by something else.

No one, therefore, can be the true controller but the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna. This is supported by the sastras. Isvarah paramah krsnah: the supreme controller is Krishna. Krishna is never controlled by anyone, for He is the controller of everyone (sarva-karana-karanam).


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