Glories of Srimad Bhagavatam - Part 15

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, Bhakti devi, 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, Uttar khanda of Padma Purana, the Sanat kumars now state the reason behind study of whole of Srimad Bhagavatam within seven days or saptah. The benefits of hearing whole of Srimad Bhagavatam in a month and hearing the same in a week are the same. The complete hearing of Srimad Bhagavatam within a week's time has been recommended due to lack of control of mind, prevalence of diseases, short life-span and sinful events that are rampant in Kali-yuga. The Sanat kumaras further say that the seven day hearing of Srimad Bhagavatam is superior to sacrificial performances, superior to all austerities and superior to even all holy places. It is superior to yoga, meditation and spiritual enlightenment. It is superior to everything.  

When Shaunaka muni heard this conversation between Narada Muni and Sanat kumaras from Suta Goswami, he inquired as to how hearing of Srimad Bhagavatam will enable one to understand the transcendental nature of Supreme Lord and how does it supersede all other disciplines of spiritual enlightenment. While answering this question Suta Goswami relates the conversation between Uddhava and Sri Krishna at the time of departure of Lord Sri Krishna back to His abode. Uddhava revealed his anxiety for the conditioned souls who will suffer due to the physical absence of the Lord. He was worried about the advent of Kali which will not only result in increase of evil people, but will also make virtuous people angry. So Uddhava requested Krishna not to leave for His abode. Hearing Uddhava's plea, Lord began to think as to how He can save His devotees from the influence of Kali, after returning to His abode. In shloka 61 of third chapter of Uttara khanda of Padmapurana it is very nicely mentioned as follows:

svakīyaṁ yad bhavet tejas tac ca bhāgavate 'dadhāt
tirodhāya praviṣṭo 'yaṁ śrīmad-bhāgavatārṇavam

Then Sri Krishna infused all His glories into Bhagavatam and disappeared in the ocean of Bhagavatam.

We find in Srimad Bhagavatam also when Shaunaka rshi asks Suta Goswami (verse 1.1.23) as to whom the religious principles have now gone for shelter after the departure of Lord Sri Krishna to His abode, Suta Goswami very nicely replies in verse 1.3.43 of Srimad Bhagavatam:

kṛṣṇe sva-dhāmopagate dharma-jñānādibhiḥ saha
kalau naṣṭa-dṛśām eṣa purāṇārko ’dhunoditaḥ

This Bhagavata Purana is as brilliant as the sun, and it has arisen just after the departure of Lord Krishna to His own abode, accompanied by religion, knowledge, etc. Persons who have lost their vision due to the dense darkness of ignorance in the age of Kali shall get light from this Purana.

Srila Prabhupada very nicely mentions in the concluding lines to the puport of above verse, "Srimad-Bhagavatam is the summum bonum of life, Lord Sri Krishna personified. We must therefore accept Srimad-Bhagavatam as the direct representation of Lord Krishna. One who can see Srimad Bhagavatam can see also Lord Sri Krishna in person. They are identical."

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.