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Smart Quote of the Day, October 16, 2019

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"If one sees extraordinary strength or power anywhere, it is derived from the Supreme Personality of Godhead."

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This is a quote from Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.8.7

[In this chapter, the demonic king Hiranyakasipu was ready to kill his own child, Prahlada Maharaja, but the Supreme Personality of Godhead appeared in front of the demon as Sri Nrkesari (a.k.a. Nrsimhadeva), half lion and half man, and killed him.]

TRANSLATION

Prahlada Maharaja said: My dear King, the source of my strength, of which you are asking, is also the source of yours. Indeed, the original source of all kinds of strength is one. He is not only your strength or mine, but the only strength for everyone. Without Him, no one can get any strength. Whether moving or not moving, superior or inferior, everyone, including Lord Brahma, is controlled by the strength of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

PURPORT (excerpt):

Lord Krishna says in Bhagavad-gita (10.41):


yad yad vibhutimat sattvam
 srimad urjitam eva va
tat tad evavagaccha tvam
 mama tejo-’msa-sambhavam

“Know that all beautiful, glorious and mighty creations spring from but a spark of My splendor.” This is confirmed by Prahlada Maharaja. If one sees extraordinary strength or power anywhere, it is derived from the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

To give an example, there are different grades of fire, but all of them derive heat and light from the sun. Similarly, all living entities, big or small, are dependent on the mercy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

One’s only duty is to surrender, for one is a servant and cannot independently attain the position of master. One can attain the position of master only by the mercy of the master, not independently. Unless one understands this philosophy, he is still a mudha; in other words, he is not very intelligent. The mudhas, the asses who do not have this intelligence, cannot surrender unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

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