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. In 3rd Chapter, Uttar khanda of Padma Purana, the Sanat kumars continue to glorify Srimad Bhagavatam as follows.
Shloka 44: Systematic study of Srimad Bhagavatam is very rare in this world. One can hear Srimad Bhagavatam only through merits accumulated in crores of life.
tene yoganidhe dheeman shrotavyaa saa prayatnatah
dinaanaam niyamo naasti sarvadaa shravanam matam
"Oh! storehouse of yoga, Oh! wisemen, this should be heard with diligence. There is no restriction in respect of days of hearing Srimad Bhagavatam. Srimad Bhagavatam should be heard always."
We always try to find out lame excuse for not studying or hearing Bhagavatam. So here Sanatkumaras clearly say that there is no restriction for hearing Srimad Bhagavatam. It does not matter whether it is good day or bad day for us, whether we are happy or sad, whether we are feeling healthy or sick, Srimad Bhagavatam should be heard at all times. The only quality required for hearing is hearing it with diligence, that is care and attention. In Srimad Bhagavatam Sukadeva Goswami explains to Parikshit Maharaj that there is no other auspicious method other than sublime process of bhaktiyoga to attain salvation. So he says in Srimad Bhagavatam verse 2.2.36
tasmaat sarvaatmanaa raajan / harih sarvatra sarvadaa
shrotavyah kirtitavyash ca / smartavyo bhagavaan nrnaam
"O King, it is therefore essential that every human being hear about, glorify and remember the Supreme Lord, the Personality of Godhead, always and everywhere."
His Divine Grace very nicely explains in the purport about the importance of hearing. He says, "Without hearing sufficiently and properly, no one can make any progress by any of the methods of practice. And for hearing only, all the Vedic literatures are there, compiled by authorized persons like Vyasadeva, who is the powerful incarnation of Godhead...And since it has been ascertained that the Lord is the Supersoul of everything, He should therefore be heard and glorified everywhere and always. That is the special duty of the human being. When the human being gives up the process of hearing about the all-pervading Personality of Godhead, he becomes victim to hearing rubbish transmitted by man-made machines. Machinery is not bad because through the machine one can take advantage of hearing about the Lord, but because machinery is used for ulterior purposes, it is creating rapid degradation in the standard of human civilization. It is said here that it is incumbent upon the human beings to hear because the scriptures like Bhagavad-Gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam are made for that purpose. Living beings other than human beings have no ability to hear such Vedic literatures. If human society gives itself to the process of hearing the Vedic literature, it will not become a victim to the impious sounds vibrated by impious men who degrade the standards of the total society."
So being thankful to Krishna for having blessed us with the ability to hear, let us use our hearing sense in hearing about Him always. 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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