Glories of Srimad Bhagavatam - Part 33

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 offering we saw how the Sun god informed Gokarna that hearing Srimad Bhagavatam is the only way for liberating Dhundukari from the ghostly form. Now we shall continue further.  

Upon hearing the words of Sun God, Gokarna became determined to pursue the study of Srimad Bhagavatam with great diligence. Since all the people in the village had also heard the message of Sun-God, all kinds of people began to gather there in great numbers to participate in the Bhagavata saptah which was to be conducted by Gokarna. People who were blind, crippled, aged and dull-witted all gathered there with hope to purify themselves. The ghost Dhundukari also came there. Since he was unable to remain at one place in the air, he entered into bamboo stick which was having seven knots. He entered into the hollow base of the bamboo, to hear Srimad Bhagavatam.

Gokarna began to expound Srimad Bhagavatam from the first canto onwards. At the end of the first day, the first knot in the bamboo stick broke with a crackling sound. On the second day the second knot broke open. Like wise the 7 joints of the bamboo were burst in 7 days and when Dhundukari completed hearing all the 12 skandhas of Srimad Bhagavatam he shed his ghostly form and attained a divine form. He was adorned with tulsi beads in his neck. He was in yellow silk clothes, wearing a diadem on his head and a pair of alligator shaped ear-rings and his complexion was like that of rain bearing clouds. He profusely thanked his brother Gokarna by offering obeisances to him and for mercifully helping to get out of the clutches of ghostly body. Then he begins to glorify the study of Srimad Bhagavatam. In shloka 55 of 5th chapter of Uttarakhanda of Padmapurana Dhundukari says,

ārdraṁ śuṣkaṁ laghu sthūlaṁ vāṅ-manaḥ-karmabhiḥ kṛtam
śravaṇaṁ vidahet pāpaṁ pāvakaḥ samidho yathā

Irrespective of whether the article is moist or dry, small or big, fire consumes it. Similarly seven day hearing of Srimad Bhagavatam eradicates all kinds of sins, (be it recent or long standing, minor or major and whether perpetrated in thought word or deed.

Here we find the wonderful transformation of Dhundukari, from ghost to divine form and also how being purified in heart, he is now able to appreciate the mercy of devotees, glorify Srimad Bhagavatam and all merciful Lord Krishna. Such is the potency of hearing of Srimad Bhagavatam.

Krishna willing we shall try to meditate on further glories of Srimad Bhagavatam as spoken by Dhundukari in the subsequent offering.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi.