Re: Developing the Urge to Hear and Chant Srimad Bhagavatam

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Dandavats to all the devotees of the group. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.

It was a such a nice mail from Murli Prabhuji. Kalachakra das has told me about this devotee many times. I just want to share some of the points regarding Srimad Bhagavatam. 

Actually in Vedic literatures there are three kinds of scriptures. 

1. śruti-prasthāna
2. smṛti-prasthāna
3. nyāya-prasthāna 

These are technically called prasthāna-traya.

The śruti (that which is heard) prasthāna are the vedas and upanishads which are learnt by aural reception and which are considered as the highest authority in spiritual knowledge.

The smriti(that which is remembered) prasthāna refers to Puranas and Itihāsas (Ramayana and Mahabharata) and they're authored by flawless people like Valmiki and Sage Vyasa. The Bhagavad Gita is also considered as part of smṛti-prasthāna.

The nyāya-prasthāna refers to the Brahma sutras which try to establish the absolute truth by logical analysis of śruti and smṛti. Though Srimad Bhagavatam is one of the puranas and comes under the category of smṛtis, the vaishnava acharyas consider it as the fourth prasthāna. Thus Srimad Bhagavatam is a scripture in a class of its own. Acharyas like Madhva, Baladeva and Nimbarka have profusely quoted from Bhagavatam and estimated Bhagavatam to be at a higher pedestal than all the Puranas. The Vedas speaks like elders and teachers (in a commanding voice), the Itihāsas speak like a friend and Puranas speaks like one's wife, but Srimad Bhagavatam speaks like all these three. So whatever is there in the prasthāna-traya and there is something more. Because it is the scripture which reveals the glories of the Lord and His devotees than any other scripture.

Your servant,
L.Harikumar
Chennai.

Moderator's Note: Harikumar prabhu is a very nice devotee from Chennai, India. He is practising Krishna Consciousness for the past 9 years and has been doing a wide range of services like Book distribution, Prasadam 
distribution, Washing pots, Leading Kirtans, Preaching so on and so forth. Being a technically equipped student, he has studied the various upanishads and wrote a research article to defeat the Mayavada philosophy. He is 
currently studying Srimad Bhagavatam intensely under the instruction of HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj.