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.
In 3rd Chapter of Uttarakhanda of Padmapurana, shloka 37 Sanat Kumaras say,
yashva bhagavatam shaastram / vaacayed arthato nisham
janmakotim krtam paapam / nashyate naatra samshayah
"The sins committed in crores of births would be destroyed, if one reads the Bhagavata shastra with meaning, always, without break. There is no doubt in this."
So here we find Sanat Kumaras are teaching us how we should study Bhagavatam. The words 'vaacayed arthato nisham', meaning 'studying with meaning'. Our beloved spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj always insists that we should never make Bhagavatam study like a ritual. It is not enough just to recite the shlokas alone. We should study Bhagavatam and understand its meaning as well. Then only we will be able to relish it. Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.1.3, Srila Vyasadev also instructs us to relish it.
nigama-kalpa-taror galitam phalam
pibata bhagavatam rasam aalayam
muhur aho rasikaa bhuvi bhaavukaah
"O expert and thoughtful men, relish Srimad-Bhagavatam, the mature fruit of the desire tree of Vedic literatures. It emanated from the lips of Sri Sukadeva Gosvami. Therefore this fruit has become even more tasteful, although its nectarean juice was already relishable for all, including liberated souls."
Srila Prabhupada very nicely mentions in the purport that just like how a fruit becomes more relishable, when bit by a parrot, Srimad Bhagavatam which is emanating from the mouths of Sukadeva Goswami is very relishable. On our own we would not be able to understand the meaning. So Krishna has kindly sent his dear associates like Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva. So when it emanates through the mouths of such exalted souls, it becomes relishable for us. When we study Bhagavatam with meaning and without interruption, then the sins committed in crores of birth will be destroyed
Krishna willing we shall continue to hear 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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