Glories of Srimad Bhagavatam - Part 2

Glories of Srimad Bhagavatam - Part 2

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Sudarshana devi dasi

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' wherein we saw how in the beginning of Kaliyuga, Bhakti devi and her children, jnaana and vairaagya became weak due to fear of Kali. Now we shall see further.

When Narada Muni heard this, he told Bhakti that people of Kali yuga do not perceive bhakti or her children. He said, "All glories to Vrindavan dham. Simply by the contact with Vrindavan, you are rejuvenated. Indeed Bhakti dances in full swing with joy here. But your two sons are unable to shake off their old-age, because there is lack of people who are sincerely searching out for them." In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.1.10 also we find the sages of Naimisaranya explaining the nature of people in the age of Kali 

praayenaalpaayushah sabhya / kalaav asmin yuge janaah
mandaah sumanda matayo / manda bhaagyaa hy upadrutaah

"O learned one, in this iron age of Kali men have but short lives. They are quarrelsome, lazy, misguided, unlucky and, above all, always disturbed."

People are so much engaged in sense-gratification that they give very little or no time for bhakti. So when Bhakti devi heard about the evil impacts of Kali, she asked Narada Muni as to why Pariskhit Maharaj gave shelter to Kali and how could all gracious Lord Krishna tolerate all unrighteousness. Then Narada Muni explained her the reason why Parikshit Maharaj gave shelter to Kali. In Padma Purana, Uttara khanda, Chapter 1 verse 68, he says

yatphalam naasita tapasaa / na yogena samaadhinaa
tatphalam labhate samyak / kalauh keshava keertanaat

"King Parikshit knew that devotees in Kaliyuga are weak and are not capable of severe austerities. But there is one advantage. Simply by reciting the name of Keshava with devotion, they will get the benefits of all tapas and yoga and meditations."

So foreseeing this Parikshit Maharaj allowed Kali to stay. In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 12.3.51 also Sukadeva Goswami says the same thing to Parikshit Maharaj 

kaler dosha-nidhe raajan / asti hy eko mahaan gunah
kirtanaad eva krsnasya / mukta-sangah param vrajet

"My dear King, although Kali-yuga is an ocean of faults, there is still one good quality about this age: Simply by chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, one can become free from material bondage and be promoted to the transcendental kingdom." 

Krishna willing we shall continue with the conversation between Bhakti devi and Narada Muni in the subsequent offering.

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