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 and her sons jnaana and vairaagya became weak by fearing about the influence of Kali. They took shelter of Narada Muni who led them to Sanat kumaras. Sanatkumaras suggested them to study Srimad Bhagavatam for Bhagavatam alone could rejuvenate them. In this offering we shall continue to see more glories of Srimad Bhagavatam as explained by Sanat kumaras in 3rd Chapter, Uttara khanda of Padma purana.
Shloka 24: By hearing Srimad Bhagavatam with devotion, moksha is readily available.
Shloka 25: When we constantly attend and listen to Bhagavata katha, Lord Sri Hari takes His abode in that devotee's heart.
In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 2.8.4 Parikshit Maharaj also confirms the above truth. He says
shrnvatah shraddhayaa nityam / grnatash ca sva-ceshthitam
kaalena naatidirghena / bhagavaan vishate hrdi
"Persons who hear Srimad Bhagavatam regularly and are always taking the matter very seriously will have the Personality of Godhead Sri Krishna manifested in their hearts within a short time."
In the above verse Srila Prabhupada translates shraddhayaa as 'earnestness', nityam as 'regularly, always' and sva-ceshthitam as 'by one's own endeavour'. Srila Prabhupada very nicely mentions in the purport that Parikshit Maharaj is recommending us the way to hear Srimad Bhagavatam. As we have seen in many pastimes of the Lord, Krishna really appreciates the sincere endeavour of His devotees and mercifully reciprocates to us in ways which are beyond our imagination. If we take one step towards Him, the Lord takes 10 steps towards us. So as soon as we sincerely endeavour to hear about Him, He immediately manifests in our hearts. It is true that Lord resides as Paramatma in the hearts of all living entities, both theists and atheists, demons and devotees etc. But in case of people who are averse to Him, He remains as a silent spectator. Whereas in case of devotees, He personally directs them in their activities and the devotees according to their level of surrender, will be able to His instructions in a crystal clear manner.
Sanat kumaras further say in third chapter, uttara khanda of Padma purana
Shloka 27: Persons who don't listen to Srimad Bhagavatam, even for one moment in our life, then they are sure to be caught up in the cycle of birth and death.
Shloka 28: What is the use of hearing various other shastras, Puranas etc which will lead only to confusions? This Bhagavata purana, King of scriptures, loudly roars as that would give liberation.
Now-a-days we are so degraded that we don't even spend time in reading other shastras or Puranas. So what to speak of being caught in cycle of birth and death, when we are alive also, we are completely caught in the complex web of internet wherein we aimlessly keep browsing through all kinds of worldly news (shrama eva hi kevalam) and as a result our consciousness is completely polluted. Then how can we expect Supreme Pure Lord to reside in our heart? We behave so abominably that Krishna would want to leave us. Instead of wasting our time in junk news and polluting our minds, we should fill it up with loud roars of Bhagavatam, the king of scriptures.
Krishna willing we shall try to meditate on further glories of Srimad Bhagavatam in the subsequent offering.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi.
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