Glories of Srimad Bhagavatam - Part 36

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 after hearing Srimad Bhagavatam Dhundukari was released from his ghostly form and began to glorify Srimad Bhagavatam. Now we shall continue further. Dhundhukari says in sloka 63 of fifth chapter of Uttarakhanda about how futile is the life if we don't engage in hearing Srimad Bhagavatam.

budbudā iva toyeṣu maśakā iva jantuṣu
jāyante maraṇāyaiva kathā-śravaṇa-varjitāḥ

Just like the bubbles appearing on the surface of water disappear within few moments, just like flies and insects are very short-lived, people who don't engage themselves in hearing Srimad Bhagavatam, who deprive themselves from hearing Srimad Bhagavatam are just born to die.

We find Dhundukari very nicely comparing our lives to that of bubble and mosquito. Bubble appears in water, just to be burst in few seconds. It is of no use to anyone. Mosquito on the other hand, although has life in it, still it is of no use to others. In fact it sucks the blood of people and many times is carrier of fatal diseases like dengue, malaria etc. Even if such flies and insects don't bite others, still their life is miserable and of no use to others.

Srila Prabhupada in one of his classes on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.8.31, given in Mayapur on October 11 1974 mentions that, "Just see the flies, the insects, how much they are suffering. Whole night, they struggle to enjoy the lamp. And in the morning all dead. All dead. This is their life. So we are thinking that we are better situated. No, we are not better situated. Our, the principle is the same, that you come here, you accept a certain type of body, and whole night, or whole life... Night means ignorance, darkness. So in ignorance you go on struggling whole life, and then you become dead, finished. The same thing. There is no difference between the life of the insect."

It is a very great fortune to get human birth and shastras say how even demigods wait to be born as human being in Bhuloka as that gives one the opportunity to perform devotional service to Lord. In all other species of life, we don't have this facility. Though we think life of demigod offers one a lot of opportunities to enjoy sense gratification, demigods consider such opportunities as obstacles in their path of spiritual advancement and wait to take birth here. So having got this human birth, if we waste it like a small insect, trying to become happy by hankering and running around the fire of sense enjoyment and lead a life of ignorance it is no good. So Dhundukari is advising us not to lead a momentary life like insects which neither live peacefully, nor let others live peacefully.

So let us pray to Srila Gurudeva, Srila Prabhupada and Lord Sri Krishna so that our life becomes meaningful, purposeful and pleasing to Supreme Lord, by engaging ourselves in His service, by hearing Srimad Bhagavatam ourselves and serving others by sharing that nectar of Krishna katha.

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.