Glories of Srimad Bhagavatam - Part 18

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'. In the previous offerings we heard how Bhakti and her sons Jñāna, Vairāgya were rejuvenated, regained their youth and charm, simply by hearing the story of Srimad Bhagavatam from Sanat kumaras. Now let us continue to see further.

Bhakti devi thanked Sanat kumaras for the great service of feeding them with the nectar of Srimad Bhagavatam and humbly requested the sages as to where she could go and reside. Sanat kumaras suggested that Bhaktidevi, who is the sustainer of love for the Lord and who is capable of ending the disease of transmigration, can stay incessantly in the minds of devotees of the Supreme Lord. By doing so, the evils of Kaliyuga although prevalent in the world, will not be able to cast their eyes on her, when she resides there. As she was just being directed by the sages, Bhakti devi instantly entered and resided in the minds of devotees of Sri Hari. In shloka 73, third Chapter, Uttara khanda of Padma purana, Suta Goswami says,

sakala-bhuvana-madhye nirdhanās te 'pi dhanyā
nivasati hṛdi yeṣāṁ śrī-harer bhaktir ekā
harir api nija-lokaṁ sarvathāto vihāya
praviśati hṛdi teṣāṁ bhakti-sūtropnadddhaḥ

Blessed are those, in whose hearts dwells the devotion to Sri Hari, even if they are deprived of wealth. In reciprocation to their devotion, Lord Sri Hari resides in their hearts completely renouncing His own divine abode.

Bhakti is unconditional. For entry into ordinary countries in this material world, we have to spend so much money to get VISA, ticket etc. But both for entering into kingdom of God and as mentioned in the above verse, for inviting Him to completely reside in our hearts, wealth is not at all a criteria. Krishna is always kind to meek, humble and poor people. In case of Sudama, Lord did not mind his ragged clothes and poverty-stricken condition. He did not hesitate to recognise and acknowledge His childhood friend. As soon as He knew Sudama has entered Dwaraka, He went running to personally receive Him, washed his feet and served him. Such is the love for Lord towards His dear devotees. In fact for those who don't know to use the wealth properly in His service, wealth becomes a stumbling block in their path of progress towards the spiritual kingdom. Accumulating wealth more than required, creates lot of hassles, as maintaining it and safe-guarding it from thieves and robbers becomes a big trouble. In that process one leads a life of constant fear, without any peace of mind. Instead if we use wealth properly in Krishna's service and surrender unto Him with devotion, then we are assured a life of bliss, since Supreme Lord of Bliss, Sri Krishna takes His residence in our hearts and Srimad Bhagavatam helps us to increase this loving relationship with Him.

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.