Wise Counsel

?If we maintain our life simply, while remaining subordinate to the Supreme Lord, then by His mercy everything will be easily revealed to us. Persons who are pierced by the arrows of lust will naturally endeavor for material properity. Let them make the material world prosperous, and we will utilize that prosperity. Let them discuss subjects like economics, and let them accumulate wealth, and we, by Krsna?s mercy, will use the wealth for the satisfaction of the Supreme Lord.

But in the course of maintaining this material body, if there is any advancement of our material situation, there is no harm. We are completely indifferent to the advancement and deterioration of our material situation, but we are naturally busy for the advancement of living entities spiritual lives. We are even ready to throw the happiness of our life in the water in order to always benefit our brothers. The primary engagement of Vaisnavas is to deliver their fallen brothers from the well of material existences.

The more the Vaisnava family expands, the more the atheist family diminishes. This is the natural law of the universe. Let the love and devotion of all living entities flow towards the unlimited Supreme Lord. Let Vaisnava principles, which are the source of happiness, gradually spread from one end of the universe to the other. Let the hearts of those who are averse to the Lord melt with love of God. By the mercy of the Lord, the association of devotees, and the influence of devotional service, let the third-grade people become first-grade people and take shelter of pure ecstatic love. Let the exalted madhyama-adhikaris give up their doubts and cultivation of knowledge and establish themselves in the science of love. Let the whole universe echo with the sound of the congregational chanting of the holy names of Hari.”

– Sri Krishna Samhita
by Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur


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