Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Mathajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Gurudev.
In the 1st chapter of Seventh Canto in Srimad Bhagavatam, Parikshit Maharaj inquires Srila Sukadeva Goswami to explain him about the impartial nature of Supreme Lord. Before beginning any service, one must offer their obeisances to their spiritual master and in the following verse, Sukadeva Goswami offers his respects to his spiritual master Srila Vyasadev through verses 7.1.4-5, before explaining the glories of Lord to Maharaj Parikshit.
saadhu prshtam mahaaraaja / haresh caritam adbhutam
yad bhaagavata-maahaatmyam / bhagavad-bhakti-vardhanam
giyate paramam punyam / rshibhir naaradaadibhih
natvaa krsnaaya munaye /kathayishye hareh kathaam
"The great sage Sukadeva Goswami said: My dear King, you have put before me an excellent question. Discourses concerning the activities of the Lord, in which the glories of His devotees are also found, are extremely pleasing to devotees. Such wonderful topics always counteract the miseries of the materialistic way of life. Therefore great sages like Narada always speak upon Srimad-Bhaagavatam because it gives one the facility to hear and chant about the wonderful activities of the Lord. Let me offer my respectful obeisances unto Srila Vyaasadeva and then begin describing topics concerning the activities of Lord Hari."
In the above verse, Sukadev Goswami has very nicely higlighted
a) Discourses about Lord and His devotees are pleasing to all
b) Such topics counteract the miseries of materialistic way of life
c) Need for speaking Srimad Bhagavatam "ALWAYS"
Few days back, I was listening to one of the lectures of my spiritual master, H.H.Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj wherein Maharaj was telling about the increase in number of psychiatric patients in this age. He was telling how in England, the government used to provide "sickness benefits" to such patients and doctors would not take money from their patients. Where money is not involved, we can expect some genuine seva. Maharaj was describing that most of the treatment did not involve medicines at all. Rather each patient would have a counsellor, who would first ensure that the patient has fresh air, food, clean clothes, bed and is staying in a clean room. The counsellor would first listen to whatever the problems the patient is facing - economical or family related and try to sort them out. The government which we had in Vedic age was much better than this. There were no psychiatric patients in those days. In Ram-rajya there were no signs of disease or old-age. If anyone entered Krishna's Parliament, they would not experience old-age at all. But today even if young people enter the Parliament, they appear old. What is the reason for this discrepancy ? Lack of Krishna-katha ! In olden days, every citizen in the nation after the day of hardwork, returns home and listens either to Ramayan or Krishna-katha in the evenings on a regular basis. So as described by Sukadeva Goswami in the above verse, those topics counteracted all the material miseries.
This is not something which could be experienced by people of Vedic age alone. Even today, if we start reading the scriptures on a daily basis, we would be able to experience the bliss - A bliss or happiness which cannot be equalled by what we may get from mundane serials in TV, cinema or any other kind of entertainment. In today's so called modern world, people after the tiring day work, come back home and sit in front of the idiot box and watch serials/movies - which only tend to aggravate the mind's agitations. So what peace or bliss can we expect from these things ? They neither prove to be of any use to solve our day to day problems in life.
On the other hand, any soul who regularly studies Srimad Bhagavatam would be realising that Krishna speaks through these shlokas and also gives us practical instruction for our day to day problems. What else do we need ?
Honestly speaking, I have been very irregular in studying Srimad Bhagavatam, even after hearing about its glories. I pray at the lotus feet of Gurudev and Krishna, so that I remain attached to Srimad Bhagavatam always in a devotional mood.
Hare Krishna !
Thankyou very much,
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Gurudev,
Sudarshana devi dasi.
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