Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.
In Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 2, Chapter 1 (The First Step in God realisation) verse 5, Srila Sukadev Goswami tells Parikshit Maharaj,
tasmād bhārata sarvātmā bhagavān īśvaro hariḥ
śrotavyaḥ kīrtitavyaś ca smartavyaś cecchatābhayam
O descendant of King Bharata, one who desires to be free from all miseries must hear about, glorify and also remember the Personality of Godhead, who is the Supersoul, the controller and the savior from all miseries.
Material life means miseries as there is danger at every step of our life - duḥkhālayam aśāśvatam [Bg. 8.15]. Irrespective of place where one is situated , or one's age or economical status all of us are subjected to the miseries of death, birth, disease and old-age. Srila Sukadev Goswami has very nicely explained the remedy for these miseries. Constant hearing, glorifying and remembrance of Supreme Lord Hari is the only way to overcome these miseries.
In the purport, Srila Prabhupada has very nicely emphasised the importance of hearing the Lord's glories.
'Therefore, one should first of all hear about the Lord. When one has perfectly and scrutinizingly heard, one must glorify His acts and deeds, and thus it will become possible to remember constantly the transcendental nature of the Lord. Hearing about and glorifying the Lord are identical with the transcendental nature of the Lord, and by so doing, one will be always in the association of the Lord. This brings freedom from all sorts of fear. The Lord is the Supersoul (Paramatma) present in the hearts of all living beings, and thus by the above hearing and glorifying process, the Lord invites the association of all in His creation. This process of hearing about and glorifying the Lord is applicable for everyone, whoever he may be, and it will lead one to the ultimate success in everything in which one may be engaged by providence. There are many classes of human beings: the fruitive workers, the empiric philosophers, the mystic yogis, and ultimately, the unalloyed devotees. For all of them, one and the same process is applicable for achieving the desired success. Everyone wants to be free from all kinds of fear, and everyone wants the fullest extent of happiness in life. The perfect process for achieving this, here and now, is recommended in the Srimad-Bhagavatam, which is uttered by such a great authority as Srila Sukadev Goswami. By hearing about and glorifying the Lord, all a person's activities become moulded into spiritual activities, and thus all conceptions of material miseries become completely vanquished.'
When going through this purport, I was wondering how, even after knowing the importance of hearing the glories of Lord, I was not following it as a daily practice. I seek the blessings of Gurudev and Srila Prabhupada so that I meditate on at least one verse every day.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Sudarshana devi dasi.
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