Glories of Srimad Bhagavatam - Part 6

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 'Glories of Srimad Bhagavatam' wherein we saw how in the beginning of Kaliyuga, bhakti and her sons jñāna and vairāgya became weak by fearing about the influence of Kali. They took shelter of Narada Muni who led them to Sanat kumaras. The Kumaras told them the glories of Srimad Bhagavatam and how everyone can be rejuvenated by constantly hearing even one line or half line of Srimad Bhagavatam.

On hearing the glories of Srimad Bhagavatam from Sanatkumaras, Narada Muni became very happy and he humbly requested them as to where he could do this jñāna yajña of Bhagavat katha. Then as suggested by Sanatkumaras he went to a place called "Ananda" on the banks of River Ganga, along with Bhakti and her two sons. In Padma purana, Uttara khanda third chapter, it is very nicely mentioned that how as soon as they reached the shores of Ganga, there was great festive mood in all the lokas, even upto Satyaloka. Indeed discussion of Srimad Bhagavatam in the association of pure devotees of the Lord is 'sarva loka mahotsav', great festival for all the lokas. All the devatas in all the worlds became very jubilant. In shloka 12, third chapter, Uttara khanda of Padmapurana Suta Goswami says how everyone in different lokas reacted when they came to know about this auspicious occasion.

śrī-bhāgavata-pīyūṣa-pānāya rasa-lampaṭāḥ
dhāvanto 'py āyayuḥ sarve prathamaṁ  ye ca vaiṣṇavāḥ

Everyone came there to that place running with great speed to hear (drink) the nectar of Srimad Bhagavatam. In them the first and foremost beings are the Vaishnavas, the dear devotees of the Lord.

Even in the pages of Srimad Bhagavata Purana (verse 1.19.8) we find that when Parikshit Maharaj sat down on the bank of Ganges, to fast to death, then all the Vaishnavas from all over the planets came there, without any prior invitation. "At that time all the great minds and thinkers, accompanied by their disciples, and sages who could verily sanctify a place of pilgrimage just by their presence, arrived there on the plea of making a pilgrim's journey."

Srila Prabhupada very nicely mentioned in the purport to verse SB 1.19.8, "When Maharaja Parikshit sat down on the bank of the Ganges, the news spread in all directions of the universe, and the great-minded sages, who could follow the importance of the occasion, all arrived there on the plea of pilgrimage...the sages who came to meet Maharaja Parikshit were not very much interested in getting themselves purified like common men, but on the plea of taking a bath in that place they came to meet Maharaja Parikshit because they could foresee that Srimad Bhagavatam would be spoken by Sukadeva. All of them wanted to take advantage of the great occasion."

From the above descriptions it is clear that in those ages people had very advanced communication and transportation facilities. Without any SMS, mail, phone call or Whatsapp message, everyone came to know that Bhagavata katha is going to happen and knowing its value, they all came running to that place with great eagerness. They did not wait for any personal invitation etc. Also very interestingly we find that both in Padma purana as well as Bhagavata purana, the list of great devotees who assembled for katha were same like Vyasadev, Narada Muni, Sukadeva Goswami, Sanat Kumaras and many others. All of them were exalted devotees and have chanted and heard the katha many times in the past. But none of them thought that they need not come again. Since they knew its glories they were eager to hear it again and again. We study one chapter one time and think that we know everything and don't need to hear about it again. This only shows our folly and careless attitude. 

We pray at the lotus feet of all these exalted Vaishnavas that we get a tinge of their eagerness to study and hear Bhagavatam.

Krishna willing we shall try to meditate on further glories of Srimad Bhagavatam in the subsequent offering.

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