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Srimad Bhagavatam Quotes

This is a collection of Srimad Bhagavatam Quotes. The source are mostly English translation of Srimad Bhagavatam.

According to the teachings of the Bhagavatam, the loftiest vedantic thought is Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – the whole world is but a family. In all beings there pervades the same cosmic spirit. There is none alien, so we need have no enmity toward anyone. We must, instead, love and nurture all. There are examples of great kings, such as Harischandra and Bali, who preferred to give away their kingdoms and everything they possessed to uphold a promise. Truth and integrity are most valued in Sanatana Dharma.

Srimad Bhagavatam recognizes that strength and power used for protecting the weak and oppressed is act of worthiness. But the same used for one’s own selfish ends is unworthy and sinful. This aspect is proved by the various incarnations of Vishnu that annihilated the power and strength of Ravana, Kamsa and Hiranyakashipu.

Be it desire or fear or anger or affection or friendship or even the desire for union, when directed towards the Lord, it brings the greatest blessing to the devotee. These bring about his union with the Lord.

Life's desires should never be directed toward sense gratification. One should desire only a healthy life, or self-preservation, since a human being is meant for inquiry about the Absolute Truth. Nothing else should be the goal of one's works.

Those who are in full knowledge of the bodily conception of life, who know that this body is composed of nescience, desires and activities resulting from illusion, do not become addicted to the body.

The individual soul is one, Pure, nonmaterial and self-effulgent. He is the reservoir of all good qualities, and He is all-pervading. He is without material covering, and He is the witness of all activities. He is completely distinguished from other living entities, and He is transcendental to all embodied souls.

Only as much as is needed by the stomach, you make take and eat. If one takes more than that it is sinful.

One who sees eternal soul in all beings and sees all beings in the Eternal soul is the man of spirituality.

For one who attains excellence in his trade or profession, it is not for any personal ego satisfaction or selfish gain; rather it is for the service and well being of all.

One who uses his knowledge or strength for his own selfish ends may be destroyed as Ravana was destroyed, even though he had very high knowledge and was a king of great power.

Rishabha Quotes from Srimad Bhagavatam

Equanimity of the mind is the one thing you should strive for. You should learn to receive gain and loss with the same frame of mind.

Anger should be conquered and the mind should be brought under control.

Devotion to the Lord should be the sole aim of life.

Man should desire only that much which is essential for the maintenance of the body.

Man absorbed, as he is, in worldly things, worldly pleasures and the pursuit of worldly happiness, has his mind clouded by ignorance of the Truth about his real nature. To him, the eternal cycle of births and deaths will always exist. It is only with the help of knowledge that the veil can be torn, this chain can be snapped.

Discipline is essential. By discipline is meant spiritual discipline. Just as a man who always eats clean, wholesome food will never be troubled by diseases; even so, a man who partakes of spiritual food will never suffer. This food is discipline.

Controlling the mind is essential. Mental concentration on the Brahman, withdrawal of the senses from the sense objects, conquest of the mind in its wanderings in the morass of the senses, self denial, speaking the truth at all times, cleanliness internal and external, compassion towards all living beings, abhorrence of stealing and avoiding receiving gifts from others; all these will help to destroy the ignorance in the mind like fire destroys a bamboo forest fire, concealed in the bamboo itself.

One’s salvation is within one’s own power and it can be achieved only by one’s own self.
Teachings of Rishabha is found in the chapter 4 and chapters 5 and 6 of Skandha V of Srimad Bhagavatam