Smart Quote of the Day, March 30, 2020

“All teachings — political, economic, social, religious, cultural and philosophical — are to be found in Bhagavad-gita. One only has to follow them strictly.”

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This is from the Srimad-Bhagavatam 8.1.16

[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, Krishna, works just like an ordinary human being, yet He does not desire to enjoy the fruits of work. He is full in knowledge, free from material desires and diversions, and completely independent. As the supreme teacher of human society, He teaches His own way of activities, and thus He inaugurates the real path of religion. I request everyone to follow Him.

PURPORT (excerpt):

This is the sum and substance of our Krishna consciousness movement. We are simply requesting human society to follow in the footsteps of the teacher of Bhagavad-gita. Follow the instructions of Bhagavad-gita As It Is, and your life will be successful. That is the summary of the Krishna consciousness movement.

The organizer of the Krishna consciousness movement is teaching everyone how to follow Lord Ramacandra, how to follow Lord Krishna, and how to follow Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

In this material world, we need a leader for a monarchy or good government. Lord Sri Ramacandra, by His practical example, showed how to live for the benefit of all human society. He fought with demons like Ravana, He carried out the orders of His father, and He remained the faithful husband of mother Sita. Thus there is no comparison to Lord Ramacandra’s acting as an ideal king. Indeed, people still hanker for rama-rajya, a government conducted like that of Lord Ramacandra.

Similarly, although Lord Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, He taught His disciple and devotee Arjuna how to lead a life ending in going back home, back to Godhead (tyaktva deham punar janma naiti mam eti so ’rjuna). All teachings — political, economic, social, religious, cultural and philosophical — are to be found in Bhagavad-gita. One only has to follow them strictly.

The Supreme Personality of Godhead also comes as Lord Caitanya just to play the part of a pure devotee. Thus the Lord teaches us in different ways just to make our lives successful, and Svayambhuva Manu requests us to follow Him.

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