Glories of Srimad Bhagavatam - Part 24

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 Padmapurana. Now we shall see further.

Pained by the acts of his son Dhundukari, Atmadeva began to think that it is better to remain childless than to have bad and wicked sons. He started weeping and lamenting loudly and decided to leave his life. At that time his other son Gokarna came and pacified him. Gokarna began to explain to his father, the temporary nature of this material world and our relationship with living entities. Nothing belongs to us and no-one is going to stay with us permanently. So instead of getting entangled into these attachment for family members and getting burnt by miseries day in and day out, it is better to voluntarily renounce such attachments and develop attachment to Supreme Lord Krishna. The below verse shloka 79 from the 4th chapter, Uttara khanda of Padma purana is one of the favourite verse of our beloved spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj. Herein Gokarna says to his father,

deho 'sthi-māṁsa-rudhire 'bhimatiṁ tyaja tvaṁ
jāyāsutādiṣu sadā mamatāṁ vimuñca
paśyāniśaṁ jagad idaṁ kṣaṇa-bhaṅga-niṣṭhaṁ
vairāgya-rāga-rasiko bhava bhakti-niṣṭhaḥ

Give up the thought that this body is you. It is nothing but a collection of bones, flesh and blood. Give up the ownership on wife, children etc., realize that this world is very temporary. Show interest and relish (become a rasika) detachment from everything by performing devotional service unto the primeval Lord Govinda, with great determination.

Maharaj says that we should not misinterpret the verse and become irresponsible in family affairs or disregard the family members. That is not the real meaning for vairāgya or detachment. In one of his nectarean class on this verse Maharaj says, "You should have full consciousness that, 'I am taking care to the best of my ability but I am not the reason for my family's existence. Their source of maintenance is not me. I am taking care but maintenance is only from Him.' So if you really want your wife or children or dependents to be happy, then you should be more attached to Krishna. Real vairāgya or detachment you develop, that is very much welcome. Eventually you have to be vairāgi. Everything will be snatched from you at the time of death. In three lines, the futility of our existence is explained. Our body is nothing; our wife, children etc., are nothing; whatever we see is nothing. Then what is to be done? The answer is in the fourth line. "vairāgya rāga rasiko" - you get attached to renunciation. Don't stop there. These slokas are complete units. They are time bombs. As soon as you understand, in fraction of a second, your life can change. "bhava bhakti niṣṭhā" - develop the love of Godhead. This is the reason we are running after devotional service. "Śrīmad-bhāgavataṁ purāṇam amalaṁ premā pumartho mahān" - Srimad Bhagavatam is the spotless purana and it develops love of Godhead and that is why Caitanya Mahaprabhu recommends study of Srimad Bhagavatam."

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.