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 offering we saw how after hearing Srimad Bhagavatam Dhundukari was released from his ghostly form and began to glorify Srimad Bhagavatam. Now we shall continue further. Fully realising the value of Srimad Bhagavatam, Dhundukari says in shloka 56 of fifth chapter of Uttarakhanda of Padmapurana as follows
asmin vai bharate varshe suribhih devasamsadhi
akathaa shraavinaam pumsaam nishphalam janma kirtitam
"Wise men have declared in the assembly of devatas that for those who are born in this land of Bharata, who have failed to hear the stories of Srimad Bhagavatam, those who don't hear Srimad Bhagavatam, their lives are sheer waste and fruitless."
Suta Goswami also says in verse 1.3.40 of Srimad Bhagavatam that,
idam bhaagavatam naama / puraanam brahma-sammitam
uttama shloka caritam / cakaara bhagavaan rshih
nihshreyasaaya lokasya / dhanyam svasty-ayanam mahat
"This Srimad-Bhagavatam is the literary incarnation of God, and it is compiled by Srila Vyasadeva, the incarnation of God. It is meant for the ultimate good of all people, and it is all-successful, all-blissful and all-perfect."
His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada very nicely mentions in the puport to above verse that, "One can derive from the study of the Bhagavatam all benefits that are possible to be derived from the personal presence of the Lord. It carries with it all the transcendental blessings of Lord Sri Krishna that we can expect from His personal contact." If not for painstaking efforts of His Divine Grace to translate this glorious purana into English, most of us would have never even known or touched Bhagavatam. By the sincere efforts of a pure devotee, His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada, now Bhagavatam has become available in multiple languages, in multiple countries across the world.
Acaryas like His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada and our beloved spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj are living Mahabhagavatas and knowing the full purport of the above verses, they not only made their lives fruitful, but out of great compassion for all suffering souls all over the world, ignoring their personal discomforts, travelled all over the world many times to give this nectar of Bhagavatam to all. The only way we can try to express our gratitude to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva is to make our lives fruitful by studying Srimad Bhagavatam, practising it and sharing the message with others.
Krishna willing we shall try to meditate on further glories of Srimad Bhagavatam as spoken by Dhundukari in the subsequent offering.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi.
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