Glories of Srimad Bhagavatam - Part 20

Glories of Srimad Bhagavatam - Part 20

Sudarshana devi dasi

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 Vairaagya, after regaining their youth and charm, entered the minds of the devotees and Lord appeared in the hearts of all devotees who were engaged in hearing of Srimad Bhagavatam. Now we shall see further.

Seeing all the devotees absorbed in trance, on having darshan of the Supreme Lord in their hearts, Narada Muni says in shloka 8 , fourth chapter, Uttara khanda of Padmapurana as follows.

alaukikoyam mahimaa manishvaraah / saptaah janyodhya vilokito maya
mudhaah shathaa ye pashupakshinotra / sarvepi nishpaapatamaa bhavanti

"Today, I have witnessed the great glories of virtues that accrue from the hearing of Srimad Bhagavatam for 7 days. Oh great munis, even those who are ignorant and wicked, including beasts and birds have all become most sinless."

Narada muni then says that there is nothing more pure than recitation of Srimad Bhagavatam. He requests the Sanatkumaras to tell what are the kinds of people who could be purified by 7 days yajna of Srimad Bhagavatam. Kumaras list the below kinds of people in shlokas 11 through 14. 

People who constantly do sinful deeds, take to evil ways always, who are consumed  by fire of anger, who are wicked, full of passion, who are devoid of truthfulness, who censure their parents, who are restless due to thirst for pleasures, who do not follow their respective ashrama dharmas, who are jealous of others' achievements, who take delight in destruction of others' life, who commit five great sins (namely drinking liquor etc, killing of brahmanas, stealing of gold, enjoying the wife of Guru, treachery), who are obstinately engaged in comitting sins by thoughts words and deeds, who are parasites, whose mind is impure and whose heart is wicked all are purified when they attentively listen the Bhagavata sapatah.

Srimad Bhagavatam can purify the whole universe, 'jagat pavitram'. The verses 1.511 and 12.12.53 of Srimad Bhagavatam are almost identical and they very well convey the potency of Srimad Bhagavatam. In verse 1.5.11 Narada Muni says to Vyasadev,

tad vaag visargo janataagha viplavo
yasmin prati-shlokam abddhavaty api
naamaany anatasya yasho 'nkitaani yat
shrnvanti gaayanti grnanti saadhavah

"On the other hand, that literature which is full of descriptions of the transcendental glories of the name, fame, forms, pastimes, etc., of the unlimited Supreme Lord is a different creation, full of transcendental words directed toward bringing about a revolution in the impious lives of this world's misdirected civilization. Such transcendental literatures, even though imperfectly composed, are heard, sung and accepted by purified men who are thoroughly honest."

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.