Glories of Srimad Bhagavatam - Part 4

Glories of Srimad Bhagavatam - Part 4

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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 were saw how in the beginning of Kaliyuga

1) Bhakti devi and her children, jnaana and vairaagya became weak due to fear of Kali.
2) Narada Muni explained to Bhakti devi as to why Pariskhit Maharaj gave shelter to Kali.
3) Sanatkumaras explain how Bhakti, Jnana and Vairagya will derive great strength by chanting Srimad Bhagavatam.

Now we shall see further on what Sanatkumaras say about the sublimeglories of Srimad Bhagavatam. In Shloka 62 Sanatkumaras say:

pralayam hi gamishyanti / srimad bhagavata dvaneh
kaler doshaa ime sarve / simha shabdaad vrkaa iva

"By the transcendental sounds and recitation of Srimad Bhagavatam all the defects related to Kali will surely disappear, just like the wolves vanish at the roar of a lion."

It is a beautiful way of comparing Srimad Bhagavatam to lion. Just like lion is the king of the forest, Srimad Bhagavatam is the king of all granthas - Granthraj. No animals in the forest can pick up a fight with the lion and win it. And when the lion goes to get its prey or walks around roaring, all other animals are filled with fear and respectfully give way. Similarly Srimad Bhagavatam is the topmost shastra and all other shastras are respectfully subservient to this king of scriptures. No scripture can contradict the conclusion of Srimad Bhagavatam. At the best, they can only go in line with the conclusion of Srimad Bhagavatam.

Sanatkumaras then say the reason as to why Srimad Bhagavatam is glorified by one and all unequivocally in shloka 63:

jnaana vairaagya samyuktaa / bhakti premarasaavahaa
prati geham prati janam / tatah kridaam karishyati

"[When the transcendental sound vibration of Srimad Bhagavatam is chanted] then bhakti that yields the milk of love for the Supreme Lord, accompanied by jnaana and vairagya, will dance in every heart and every house."  

We understand a unique point from this verse that as much as we are humans with feelings and emotions, the personified bhakti, jnana and vairagya also have feelings and emotions. They become extremely blissful and rejuvenated when Srimad Bhagavatam recitation is carried on all over the world. One can be said to be possessed by bhakti, jnana and vairagya only when they blissfully dance in our heart and our house, and that is possible only when we seriously take to the service of Srimad Bhagavatam.

Krishna willing, in our next offering, we shall hear further glorification of Srimad Bhagavatam in this transcendental discussion between Narada muni and Sanatkumaras.

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