How Do You Guarantee Someone Else’s Consciousness

Krishna's Mercy

[Radha-Krishna deities]“One who cannot deliver his dependents from the path of repeated birth and death should never become a spiritual master, a father, a husband, a mother or a worshipable demigod.” (Rishabhadeva, Shrimad Bhagavatam, 5.5.18)

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Friend1: Okay, so anyone who is familiar with the Shrimad Bhagavatam knows about the crucial piece of advice given to parents.

Friend2: Which one? From the Dhruva story, about how to approach Vishnu for fulfilling desires instead of anyone else? From the Prahlada story, about describing the science of self-realization to the child in the womb in hopes that they end up a devotee?

Friend1: I’m talking about the advice on the purpose. That is to say the idea behind having children.

Friend2: Okay.

Friend1: Where it says that a person should not become a mother or father unless they can release their dependents from the cycle of birth…

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