Swans and Crows

“You’ll find swans, they will gather near the lotus flower and dive there and entangle them with the stem. That is their pleasure, to remain surrounding the lotus flower.

“kamaniya-padma-khanda-nivasa tyakta-vicitrannadi
yukto ‘py ucchista-garte kaka-krida-sthane na niramanti(?)


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“They are not like the crows, who are simply trying to take some pleasure from the garbage place. That’s all. What is there in the garbage? They are all rejected, thrown away. But the crows will go there. They’ll pull on something, “If there is something there, something?” So, as there is a natural distinction between the crows and the swans, similarly, there is distinction between a Krsna conscious person and ordinary person. The ordinary persons are compared like the crows, and a fully Krsna conscious person is just like swans and ducks.”

Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.5.9-11 — New Vrindaban, June 6, 1969

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