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Smart Quote of the Day, March 27, 2020

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"A devotee’s business is to offer obeisances to the Lord and the spiritual master constantly. This principle is the recognized way to come to the platform of bhakti."

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This is from the Srimad-Bhagavatam 8.1.15

[This chapter of the Srimad-Bhagavatam, entitled "The Manus, Administrators of the Universe," gives a list of personalities—higher than humans—who are responsible for universal administration. One such person, Svayambhuva Manu, speaks today's verse.]

TRANSLATION

The Supreme Personality of Godhead is full in opulence by His own gain, yet He acts as the creator, maintainer and annihilator of this material world. In spite of acting in that way, He is never entangled. Hence devotees who follow in His footsteps are also never entangled.

PURPORT (excerpt):

Following Krishna’s instructions is possible when one is a devotee, for Krsna instructs that one should become a devotee. Man-mana bhava mad-bhakto mad-yaji mam namaskuru: “Always think of Me and become My devotee. Worship Me and offer your homage unto Me.” (Bg. 18.65)

Always thinking of Krishna means chanting the Hare Krishna mantra, but unless one is an initiated devotee he cannot do this.

As soon as one becomes a devotee, he engages in Deity worship (mad-yaji). A devotee’s business is to offer obeisances to the Lord and the spiritual master constantly. This principle is the recognized way to come to the platform of bhakti. As soon as one comes to this platform, he gradually understands the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and simply by understanding Krishna one is liberated from material bondage.


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