Attentive Hearing - Part 1

Attentive Hearing - Part 1

Sudarshana devi dasi

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,

Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev!

When Parikshit Maharaj was cursed by the brahmana boy Shrngi, Srimad Bhagavatam reveals to us how he accepted the curse gracefully. Repenting for his mistake of insulting Shamika Muni, Parikshit Maharaj decided to fast until death. He also renounced all his material assets and powers and went to the banks of Ganges to seek advice from the sages on how best he could spend the remaining 7 days. Pleased by his sincerity, the Lord arranges Sukadev Goswami to meet him and give the nectar of Bhagavatam. 

From the beginning, till the end Parikshit Maharaj was always eager to hear about the Lord. As the days went on, his eagerness to hear increased more and more. In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 10.1.13 King Parikshit says,

naishaatiduhsaha kshun maam / tyaktodam api baadhate
pibantam tvan-mukhaambhoja / cyutam hari-kathaamrtam

Because of my vow on the verge of death, I have given up even drinking water, yet because I am drinking the nectar of topics about Krishna, which is flowing from the lotus mouth of Your Lordship, my hunger and thirst, which are extremely difficult to bear, cannot hinder me.

The word atiduhsahaa in the above verse means - "extremely difficult to bear" - To live without food and water for 7 days is not a easy task. And on top of this - he was not resting/relaxing throughout. In spite of all this neither hunger nor thirst could disturb him and this was because he was drinking the nectar of Harikatha. -'pibantam hari kathamrtam'. The eagerness of the hearer always enthuses the speaker as well.

Krishna willing we will hear how Sukadeva Goswami responded to Parikshit Maharaj in the subsequent offering.

Hare Krishna.
Thank you very much,
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi