Glories of Srimad Bhagavatam - Part 8

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 were hearing the glories of Srimad Bhagavatam from Padma Purana. In 3rd Chapter of Uttarakhanda of Padmapurana, Sanatkumaras were glorifying Srimad Bhagavatam to Narada Muni, Bhaktidevi, Jnaana, Vairaagya and all the exalted devotees from various lokas, who were assembled in the banks of River Ganga. Now let us proceed further. 

Shloka 29 of 3rd chapter of Uttara khanda of Padmapurana is a beautiful verse in which Sanatkumaras tell us how we can transform our house into a place of pilgrimage.

kathā bhāgavatasyāpi nityaṁ bhavati yad gṛhe
tad gṛhaṁ tīrtha-rūpaṁ hi vasatāṁ pāpa-nāśanam

That house in which Srimad Bhagavata katha is read every day, that house will be converted into a sacred place. Bhagavatam drives aways all the sins living in that house and so it becomes a punyakshetra.

All of us don't have the luxury of visiting or staying in dhams all the time. Our prescribed duties at work, family responsibilities require our presence in places very far from dhams. Even if everything else is ok, our body and mind might not co-operate for long distant travel and long time stay in dhams. Simply by reading Bhagavatam everyday with devotion in our house,  it will be transformed into dham, for Bhagavatam is jagat pavitram, capable of sanctifying the whole universe, then what to speak of our small home. Similar message is conveyed twice in Srimad Bhagavatam - once by Narada Muni to Vyasadev in verse 1.5.10 and later by Suta Goswami in verse 12.12.51. In verse 1.5.10 Narada Muni says,

na yad vacaś citra-padaṁ harer yaśo
jagat-pavitraṁ pragṛṇīta karhicit
tad vāyasaṁ tīrtham uśanti mānasā
na yatra haṁsā niramanty uśik-kṣayāḥ

Those words which do not describe the glories of the Lord, who alone can sanctify the atmosphere of the whole universe, are considered by saintly persons to be like unto a place of pilgrimage for crows. Since the all-perfect persons are inhabitants of the transcendental abode, they do not derive any pleasure there.

So if we don't glorify Lord by studying Srimad Bhagavatam at home, then our home will be like a garbage place and will become place of pilgrim place of crows. Srimad Bhagavatam has been made readily available to us by mercy of Vyasadev and His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada has further made it easy for us by painstakingly translating this great literature in English. Mahabhagavatas like our beloved Gurudev has shown us in practice how to take shelter of Srimad Bhagavatam in all stages of life. Let us pray to them earnestly that we remember their compassion and sacrifices and follow in their foot-steps.

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.