Hearing about Lord Rama - Part 2

Hearing about Lord Rama - Part 2

Narahari Krishna das

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva. 

This is in continuation of the previous offering titled, "Hearing about Lord Rama", wherein we saw that hearing and glorifying when directed towards the Lord, can lead to His realization. The Bhagavata purana also tells that hearing about the Lord purifies us and ultimately takes us back to His abode. (Verse 2.2.37).

pibanty ye bhagavata aatmananah sataam 
kathaamrtam shravana puteshu sambhrtam
punanti te vishaya vidhushitaashayam
vrajanti tac carana saroruhaantikam

"Those who drink through aural reception, fully filled with the nectarean message of Lord Krishna, the beloved of the devotees, purify the polluted aim of life known as material enjoyment and thus go back to Godhead, to the lotus feet of Him (the Personality of Godhead)."

Srila Prabhupada confirms in the purport, "The highest perfectional thinking for human society is suggested here by Sukadeva Goswami, namely, sufficiently hearing Srimad Bhagavatam. For men in this age of Kali, when they have lost the perfect vision of life, this Srimad-Bhagavatam is the torchlight by which we see the real path. Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhupada has commented on the kathaamrtam mentioned in this verse and has indicated Srimad Bhagavatam to be the nectarean message of the Personality of Godhead. By sufficient hearing of Srimad Bhagavatam, the polluted aim of life, namely lording it over matter, will subside, and the people in general in all parts of the world will be able to live a peaceful life of knowledge and bliss."

So the Lord appears time to time in various incarnations and exhibits His beautiful form, qualities and activities so that we have enough subject matter for hearing about Him. Also the Lord incarnates as Vyasadeva and compiled enormous Vedic literatures in the form of Vedas, Upanishads, puranas (especially Srimad Bhagavatam) and He inspires the sages and acharyas to propagate these literatures. He also inspires sages like Valmiki and Parasara to record the glories of His incarnations in various scriptures such as Ramayana, Vishnu purana etc. One such glorious incarnation of the Lord is Lord Rama, where the Lord displayed ideal human behaviour and ideal king and His glories revealed in many scriptures. By hearing His glories, one can develop unalloyed attraction to Him and ultimately reach His abode. In the Uttara Khanda of Valmiki Ramayana 7.100.16, the benefit of hearing the glories of Lord Rama is stated as follows.

samyak shraddha samaayuktah / shrunute raaghavi kathaam
sarvapaapa pramuchyeta / vishnu lokam sa gacchati

"One who with full faith and reverence hears the pastimes of Lord Rama (descendant of Raghu dynasty), he becomes cleansed of all sins and attains the Supreme Bode of Vishnu."

In the same verse of Bhagavatam Srila Prabhupada comments, "And by the constant hearing of the messages of the Bhagavad-gita, and later of Srimad-Bhagavatam, one is assured herein by Srila Sukadeva Goswami that he will reach the Personality of Godhead and render Him transcendental loving service in the spiritual planet of the name Goloka Vrindavana, which resembles a huge lotus flower.

Thus hearing about the Lord in His various incarnations not only purifies us and gives His realization, but also take us back to Godhead. We will meditate more on this topic in the next offering, Krishna willing. 

Thank you very much,
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Narahari Krishna das