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 hearing the glories of Srimad Bhagavatam from Padma Purana. Sanatkumaras were glorifying Srimad Bhagavatam to Narada Muni, Bhaktidevi, Jnaana, Vairaagya and all the exalted devotees from various lokas, who were assembled in the banks of River Ganga. Now let us proceed to hear further.
Sanat kumaras say further that even performance of thousands of Ashwamedha yajnas and vaajpeya sacrifice cannot compare to even 1/16th of their efficacy of reading Srimad Bhagavatam. Until we start hearing Srimad Bhagavatam properly, sins will continue to live in our body. In 3rd Chapter of Uttarakhanda of Padmapurana, shloka 33 Sanat Kumaras say,
shlokaardham shlokapaadam vaa nityam bhaagavatodbhavam
patasva svamukhainaiva yad icchasi paraam gatim
"If you desire supreme destination, then you should daily read atleast miminum half shloka of Bhagavatam or quarter shloka of Bhagavatam without fail."
Reading this shloka we can simply realise how much great Srila Prabhupada's compassion is. He desired supreme destination for all living entities. He was not just satisfied with self-study alone. He wanted to give it to the whole world, not just his family, town, village or country. It is only because of His Divine Grace that so many souls all over the world are able to touch Bhagavatam daily and study. Due to sincerity and hard work of dedicated soul like Srila Prabhupada, people in different nook and corner of the world, belonging to different sects, countries and languages are having the opportunity to touch this great literature. It is indeed only because of His Divine Grace that the concept of 'nityam bhagavata sevayaa' or daily study of Srimad Bhagavatam has been put into practice in all the temples established by His Divine Grace all over the world.
We are so fallen that we don't even care to desire supreme destination for our selves. But let us at least remember the great and compassion and sacrifice done by His Divine Grace and as a token of gratitude, study atleast one shloka of Bhagavatam daily. As the saying goes, 'An apple a day keeps the doctor away.' Similarly a shloka a day, keeps the miseries at bay. So for our own benefit, let us start reciting Srimad Bhagavatam.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi.
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