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 the previous offering we saw that Srimad Bhagavatam is non-different from Krishna and taking shelter of this great scripture is the only way to protect ourselves from influence of Kali. Now let us proceed to hear further.
In 3rd Chapter, Uttar khanda of Padma Purana, Suta Goswami says in shloka 63
teneyam vaanmayam murthih pratyakshaa vartate hareh
sevanaa chravanaat paataat darshanaat paapa naashini
"This sacred Srimad Bhagavatam, is a visible verbal manifestation of Lord Sri Hari and it drives away all the sins simply by serving, by hearing, by studying and by seeing."
Krishna is so merciful, that He is providing us all kinds of easy and sublime ways to get rid of sinful attitude and reach His abode. When child is lost or goes into wrong path, the parents become very anxious about the child. Until the child returns back safe to home, they will be very anxious about the well-being of the child. If this is true for parents in this material world, then what to speak of Supreme Father Krishna. He has not only left Srimad Bhagavatam before returning to Goloka, but has also assured that even by seeing or serving or studying or hearing we would be purified. Now we may wonder what does serving Bhagavatam or sevana mean in the above verse? Sevana is beautifully translated as "even eagerly waiting to hear Bhagavatam".
In one of the classes our beloved spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj says, "Just touch Srimad Bhagavatam. That also has a purifying effect." When devotees tell Maharaj, that they are not getting taste for scriptures, Maharaj advises us, "Atleast carry the book with you always". This touch also has a magical impact. Many devotees who followed Maharaj's instruction later said how gradually their interest and eagerness to open and study the scriptures increased in due course of time. So let us not be careless of this invaluable gift provided to us by all merciful Lord Krishna and compassionate Mahatmas like Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva. We pray that we not only see, wait to hear, but also hear it with devotion, study, practise and share it with others. Jai Granthraj Srimad Bhagavatam ki Jai !
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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