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'. In the previous offerings we heard how Bhakti and her sons Jnaana and Viraagya were regained their youth and charm, simply by hearing the story of Srimad Bhagavatam from Sanatkumaras and as suggested by Sanatkumaras Bhakti devi entered the minds of pure devotees. Now we shall see further.
In shloka 1, fourth chapter, Uttara khanda of Padmapurana, Suta Goswami says,
atha vaishnavacitteshu drshtvaa bhakti malaukikim
nijalokam parityajya bhagavaan bhaktavatsalah
"Perceiving the extraordinary devotion in the minds of His devotees, Lord Sri Hari left His abode and entered the hearts of His devotees".
As a result all the devotees who had assembled in the banks of Ganges to hear about the Bhagavatam discussions between Narada Muni and Sanatkumaras could have darshan of their dear Lord. The Lord was wearing flower garlands upto His knees. He was dressed in yellow silk clothes and was adorned with alligator shaped ear-rings. He stood in a lovely pose, with His body slanting at three places (tribhanga lalitam). He was decorated with Kausthuba diamond. He was embodiment of Supreme bliss and consciousness. He was very charming and held a flute. There was unusual outburst of joy, shower of red powder and flowers from the sky, when the Lord appeared in the hearts of His devotees. And all of them said, "Glory to Lord, Victory to Lord".
In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 2.8.4, Parikshit Maharaj while requesting Sukadeva Goswami to continue with narration of Srimad Bhagavatam 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."
Srimad Bhagavatam is such a glorious scripture that it gives us opportunity to see the Lord face to face, provided we meet the necessary qualification. The qualifications are
1. shrnvatah shraddhayaa - hearing with earnestness
2. nityam - regularly, always
3. grnatas ca sva ceshtitam - taking the matter seriously, by one's own endeavor.
Our beloved spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj always insisted on the above points. He says, "Over-endeavour, only for Bhagavatam." Inspite of his old-age Maharaj always took notes, while studying Bhagavatam and thereby inspired and instructed everyone to take notes as well. We pray at the lotus feet of great Bhagavatas like Gurudev and Srila Prabhupada that we always remember their instructions and practise them in our lives.
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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