Please accept my fallen dandavat pranams. All glories, all glories to our Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev!!!
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Recently our Kalachakra prabhu wrote a very potent punch from Srila Prabhupada and remind us why should we have harinam and kirtan in the first place.
"The principle of chanting is to glorify the Lord and not to attract a crowd."
This made me think very deeply about how this instruction refers with preaching of Bhagavatam to the people. All of us know how great is this Purana Srimad-Bhagavatam, but many times we are not aware of people who are talking on such great literature, are they really up to mark to discuss on such highly sophisticated and pure spiritual literature? Let us remind ourself about the kind of people we should never listen when speaking on this great Purana.
"There is no gain, however, in accepting the message of Bhagavatam from the non-believers, atheists and professional reciters who make a trade of Bhagavatam for the laymen. It was delivered to Srila Sukadeva Goswami, and he had nothing to do with the Bhagavata business. He did not have to maintain family expenses by such trade. Srimad-Bhagavatam should therefore be received from the representative of Sukadeva, who must be in the renounced order of life without family encumbrance. Milk is undoubtedly very good and nourishing, but when it is touched by the mouth of a snake it is no longer nourishing; rather, it becomes a source of death. Similarly, those who are not strictly in the Vaisnava discipline should not make a business of this Bhagavatam and become a cause of spiritual death for so many hearers. In the Bhagavad-gita the Lord says that the purpose of all the Vedas is to know Him (Lord Krsna), and Srimad-Bhagavatam is Lord Sri Krsna Himself in the form of recorded knowledge. Therefore, it is the cream of all the Vedas, and it contains all historical facts of all times in relation with Sri Krsna. It is factually the essence of all histories." - 1.3.41 purport.
Now many of us could ask ourself, "I am not fully fixed up devotee should I preach or not this Purana??"
My understanding is simple and maybe imperfect but as long as we stick to Srila Prabhupada's purport, always taking his reference, never concocting (innovating) some other unauthorized scriptures just to show in front of public that we are very important and intelligent, entertain the mass by introducing Rasa lila or this lila in the Bhagavatam class just to attract them. I have even read in some web pages that some of our devotees have introduced instead of Bhagavatam class a mix with Bhagavatam class - yoga asanas course, meditation course, then so many of other psychological self-improvement classes. When I showed this to Gurudev he was very disappointed. He said,"Srila Prabhupada never mixed Bhagavatam with such things just to attract the crowd, we ONLY need Srimad Bhagavatam course and no other course."
We all remember the story of Srila Prabhupada after he came back from America for the first time to India, Vrindavan, many many Vrajavasis, saints and people came to hear him in Bhagavatam class all expecting some important and intimate descriptions from Rasa Lila which they have never heard before. To the greatest surprise and disappointment of all Srila Prabhupada decided to speak on Nectar of Instruction first verse; vāco vegaṁ manasaḥ krodha-vegaṁ etc., Srila Prabhupada could have easily spoken on some importance of Rasa lila; he had both the knowledge and realization but he refuse to entertain the crowd and instead give them important instruction which we all need.
I hope that some day with the blessing of our Srila Prabhupada, Gurudev and all Vaishnavas in this forum, I also can understand the importance of this Granthraj Purana and as Gurudev recently remind me to try to improve myself; surely as long as I cannot improve myself how can I improve others?
Your most fallen servant,
Murlidhara Krsna das
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