Smart Quote of the Day, February 8, 2019

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"The actions and reactions carried out by the material nature are sometimes accepted as our scientific inventions; therefore we want to take credit for them and defy the existence of God."

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Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.12.10

TRANSLATION

Since this universe has no real ultimate existence, the things within it — shortness, differences, grossness, skinniness, smallness, bigness, result, cause, living symptoms, and materials — are all imagined. They are all pots made of the same substance, earth, but they are named differently. The differences are characterized by the substance, nature, predisposition, time and activity. You should know that all these are simply mechanical manifestations created by material nature.

PURPORT:

The temporary manifestations and varieties within this material world are simply creations of material nature under various circumstances: prakrteh kriyamanani gunaih karmani sarvasah.

The actions and reactions carried out by the material nature are sometimes accepted as our scientific inventions; therefore we want to take credit for them and defy the existence of God. This is described in Bhagavad-gita (3.27), ahankara-vimudhatma kartaham iti manyate: due to being covered by the illusory external energy, the living entity tries to take credit for the differentiated creations within the material world. Actually all these are being created automatically by the material force set in motion by the energy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Therefore the ultimate cause is the Supreme Person. As stated in Brahma-samhita:


isvarah paramah krsnah
 sac-cid-ananda-vigrahah
anadir adir govindah
 sarva-karana-karanam

(Bs. 5.1)

He is the cause of all causes, the ultimate cause. In this regard Srila Madhvacarya says: evam sarvam tatha prakrtvayai kalpitam visnor anyat. evam prakrtyadharah svayam ananyadharo visnur eva atah sarva-sabdas ca tasminn eva. Actually the original cause is Lord Vishnu, but out of ignorance people think that matter is the cause of everything…

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