Glories of Srimad Bhagavatam - Part 37

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 shloka 64-65 of fifth chapter of Uttarakhanda about how knots of attachment get cut by hearing Srimad Bhagavatam.

jaḍasya śuṣka-vaṁśasya yatra granthi-vibhedanam
citraṁ kim u tadā citta-granthi-bhedaḥ kathā-śravāt
bhidyate hṛdaya-granthiś chidyante sarva-śaṁśayāḥ
kṣīyante cāsya karmāṇi saptāha-śravaṇe kṛte

If the knots in insentient object like bamboo could break by hearing Srimad Bhagavatam for seven days, then there is no wonder if such hearing of Bhagavatam could cut into pieces the knots of material attachment. When one hears to Srimad Bhagavat saptaah the knots of ignorance present in the heart are broken, all misgivings are cut to pieces. The chain of fruitive actions is terminated.

In Srimad Bhagavatam lecture given on verse 1.2.15 in Srila Prabhupada says very nicely explains the word granthi. Granthi means knot. His Divine Grace says how when we are bound by ropes, we will not be able to move independently, similarly we are bound by laws of material nature. To get ourselves free we use knife to cut the ropes. So to free ourselves from the bondage of material nature also we require a knife. His Divine Grace very nicely says what is that knife. "Therefore this is the process, yad-anudhyāsinā, you have to take one knife. This is knife. What is that? śravaṇaṁ kīrtanaṁ viṣṇoḥ [SB 7.5.23]. This is knife. If you want to get rid of this entanglement of material existence, one body after another, then this is the only instrument by which you can unknot the knot and come out of the entanglement. Chindanti. This very word is used, chindanti: 'It cuts'".

Srimad Bhagavatam is full of glories of Lord and His devotees. So by hearing Srimad Bhagavatam definitely all kinds of knots will be cut. Not only the life of Dhundukari, but we could see how Srila Prabhupada has also been helping millions of souls to cut the knots of material attachments, through the sword of transcendental knowledge in the form of Srimad Bhagavatam.

Jai Granthraj Srimad Bhagavatam ki Jai! Srila Prabhupada ki Jai! Srila Gurudev ki Jai!

Krishna willing we shall try to meditate on further glories of Srimad Bhagavatam the subsequent offering.

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