Glories of Srimad Bhagavatam - Part 13

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. Sanatkumaras 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, Uttara khanda of Padma Purana, the Sanat kumars continue to glorify Srimad Bhagavatam as follows

Shloka 43:

jīvac chavo nigaditaḥ sa tu pāpa-karmā yena
śrutaṁ śuka-kathā-vacanaṁ na kiṁcit
dhik taṁ naraṁ paśu-samaṁ bhuvi bhāra-rūpam
evaṁ vadanti divi deva-saroja-mukhyāḥ

One who does not listen to even a little bit of narration of Srimad Bhagavatam by Sukadeva Goswami is considered as a sinner who is like a living corpse. The leaders of devatas will condemn them by saying, 'Shame on that person, who is just a burden to Mother earth!'

His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada says that our lives are as good as big zero, when we don't lead a Krishna-centric life. Krishna is like the '1' which gives value to any number of zeros, when they are added next to '1'. So when we add Krishna to all our activities in our life, then our life will becomes meaningful and is of some value. Since Srimad Bhagavatam is the transcendental sound representation of Supreme Lord, if we don't use our time and energy in studying Srimad Bhagavatam and practising it, then we are like breathing dead and are as good as zeroes. As Mother Devahuti says in Srimad Bhagavatam 3.23.56,

neha yat karma dharmāya na virāgāya kalpate
na tīrtha-pada-sevāyai jīvann api mṛto hi saḥ

Anyone whose work is not meant to elevate him to religious life, anyone whose religious ritualistic performances do not raise him to renunciation, and anyone situated in renunciation that does not lead him to devotional service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, must be considered dead, although he is breathing.

Sincere and submissive study of Srimad Bhagavatam will not only cultivate jñāna and vairaagya in us, but will also lead to loving devotional service to Krishna. So it is of utmost importance that, right from the beginning of our life, when our senses and health are in good condition, we should study Srimad Bhagavatam. When we do so, even the demigods are all very pleased. In fact wherever there is sincere glorification of Lord, the demigods being dear devotees of the Lord, immediately assemble there and listen to Hari-katha. So when they see anyone misusing their life, without studying Srimad Bhagavatam, the demigods are also displeased with them and they condemn that person for being a burden to Mother Earth. By pleasing Krishna, everyone is pleased and by displeasing Him, everyone is displeased.

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.