Glories of Srimad Bhagavatam - Part 11

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. Sanat kumaras were glorifying Srimad Bhagavatam to Narada Muni, Bhaktidevi, Jñāna, Vairāgya and all the exalted devotees from various lokas, who were assembled in the banks of River Ganga. Now let us proceed to hear further.

In 3rd Chapter of Uttarakhanda of Padmapurana, shloka 40 Sanat Kumaras say,

anta-kāle tu yenaiva śrūyate śuka-śāstra-vāk
prītyā tasyaiva vaikuṇṭhaṁ govindo 'pi prayacchati

Whoever hears the shastra of Sukacharaya, Srimad Bhagavatam, at the time of his death, for him/her Lord Vishnu out of love grants a place in His abode Vaikuntha.

Parikshit Maharaj is the example of perfect listener who was blessed with nectar of Srimad Bhagavatam, from Sukadeva Goswami himself at the time of death. When he knew that he would die within 7 days due to snake-bite, he immediately renounced his material possessions, took shelter of saintly people and inquired from them as to what is the best thing for him to do during these 7 days. Since he was repentful even for the insignificant mistake he had committed against the Samika rshi, and whole-heartedly accepted the curse of Samika rshi's son, Lord was very pleased with him. So Lord sent Sukadeva Goswami and gave him opportunity to hear Srimad Bhagavatam. Due to his submissive hearing, Parikshit Maharaj was able to overcome fear of death and at the end of 7 days, he was able to completely absorb his thoughts on the Lord. So even when the Takshaka snake bit him, due to constant remembrance of the Lord, he went back to Godhead.

Death is a very painful and horrible moment and if we are not prepared for the same, with proper consciousness, we will continue to struggle in the cycle of birth and death, life after life. Our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj says, at the time of death, we will get snapshots of whatever activities we did during our life times. Snapshots of devotional service will make us remember the Supreme Lord, where as other snapshot will prolong our stay in this material world. So by taking shelter of guru, sadhu and sublime shastra like Srimad Bhagavatam, let us fill our life with sublime snapshots always, so that end of life, our loving Supreme Father will be happy to receive us in His abode.

Krishna willing we shall continue to hear further glories of Srimad Bhagavatam in the subsequent offering.

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