Glories of Srimad Bhagavatam - Part 21

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 from the discussions between Narada Muni and the Sanata kumaras the various glories of Srimad Bhagavatam as mentioned in Uttara khanda of Padma purana. Now we shall see further.

After narrating the list of different kinds of sinful people who could be purified by listening to Bhagavata saptah, Sanat kumaras went on to share a very ancient pastime. Hearing this pastime with faith and devotion destroys all sins. Many many years ago, on the banks of Tungabhadra there was a beautiful town wherein there lived a pandit by named Atmadeva. He was well versed in Vedas and he was gloriously shining like a second sun. Although he was rich, he lived like a beggar. His wife's name was Dhundhuli. She was beautiful, intelligent and well-efficient in doing household work. But unfortunately, she had some anarthas like being very talkative, cruel. She relished fighting and gossips and was very miserly. She was very also dominant. Somehow they lived together. Though they had a good house and ample wealth to fulfill their desires, they were not happy. 

As Canakya pandit says, "putrahinam graham śunyam" - A house without a son appears null and void. So Atmadeva decided to do lot of charity, with a hope to be blessed with a child as a result of that. They had spent almost 50% of their wealth. But still nothing happened. One day he became very depressed and went to a nearby forest and began to lament. At that time, he saw a sage. He offered his obeisances to the sage and began to cry. The sage inquired him the reason for his distress, and Atmadeva said that he had come to the forest, to leave his life as he was childless. 

The sage looked at Atmadeva's face and by his yogic powers he could understand that for the next seven births, there was no chance for Atmadeva to get a child. So he pacified him by saying the truth and asked him to accept the destiny, take shelter of Supreme Lord, renouncing all these material hankerings. The sage even quoted examples of Maharaja Citraketu and many others who suffered when they tried to change their destiny and get a child. But somehow nothing could pacify Atmadeva. So out of great compassion, the sage prayed to Supreme Lord and then gave a fruit to Atmadeva. In shloka 42 of the fourth chapter of Uttara khanda of Padma purana, the sage instructs Atmadeva as follows:

satyaṁ śaucaṁ dayā dānam eka-bhaktaṁ tu bhojanam
varṣāvadhi striyā kāryaṁ tena putro 'tinirmalaḥ

If your wife eats this fruit and follows the below rules:

a) Should speak the truth
b) Should be clean at heart and at body
c) Should be kind
d) Should be charitable
e) Should have one meal per day

Then you will be blessed with a very good son, whose behaviour will be without any blemish.

Atmadeva thanked the sage and returned to his home. 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.