Smart Quote of the Day, January 6, 2020

“…the Supersoul in every body gives intelligence to the individual soul according to his capacity for understanding. Therefore the Supersoul is the chief within the body. The Supersoul is manifested to the individual soul according to the individual’s comparative development of knowledge, austerity, penance and so on.”

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This is a quote from Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.14.38

[This chapter of the Srimad-Bhagavatam, entitled “Ideal Family Life,” relates a conversation between the sage Narada and King Yudhisthira. Yudhisthira asks Narada—one of the primary authorities on Vedic knowledge—how a common man may achieve the perfection of life. In today’s verse, Narada explains how the Supreme Person simultaneously resides within the hearts of all living creatures and provides appropriate guidance.]

TRANSLATION

O King Yudhisthira, the Supersoul in every body gives intelligence to the individual soul according to his capacity for understanding. Therefore the Supersoul is the chief within the body. The Supersoul is manifested to the individual soul according to the individual’s comparative development of knowledge, austerity, penance and so on.

PURPORT (excerpt):

In Bhagavad-gita (15.15) it is said, mattah smrtir jñanam apohanam ca: the Supreme Personality of Godhead in His localized aspect gives intelligence to the individual soul as far as he is able to grasp it. Therefore we find the individual soul in different high and low positions. A living entity with the body of a bird or beast cannot take instructions from the Supreme Soul as adequately as an advanced human being. Thus there are gradations of bodily forms.

In human society, the perfect brahmana is supposed to be the most advanced in spiritual consciousness, and further advanced than the brahmana is the Vaishnava. Therefore the best persons are the Vaisnavas and Vishnu…

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