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Tilaka - an essential subject
A devotee of Kṛṣṇa decorates the body because it’s a temple of God. Instead of decorating our body as if it were the self, or destroying it, or despising it for its filthy emissions, we can respect and care for it as a residence of the Supreme Lord. The soul lives within the body, and so too does the Supersoul, the Lord. As a house is built and maintained for the pleasure of its owner, so “our” body is meant for the pleasure of its real owner, Lord Kṛṣṇa. Decorating the body with tilaka pleases Him. Putting on tilaka helps remind us we belong to Kṛṣṇa. And when others see a person wearing tilaka they are not only reminded of Krishna but relieved of sinful reaction.
Srila Prabhupada's books, lectures, conversations and letters offer a comprehensive presentation of this essential subject as seen in the Vaniquotes Tilaka category. An introduction from his books is given below in the following 9 quotes.
Quotes from Srila Prabhupada's books
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