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 wicked brother Dhundukari faced a terrible end and became a ghost. Now we shall continue further.
When Gokarna came to know about the death of his brother Dhundukari through villagers, out of compassion, he went to Gaya and performed final rites and ceremonies for the unfortunate and helpless soul. He also did shraddha for Dhundukari at various holy rivers. After visiting all holy places, he returned to his home. At night when Gokarna was sleeping, Dhundukari appeared before him in various ferocious forms like ram, elephant, fire, buffalo, Indra and sometimes like human-being.
Gokarna could realise that it should be some bad spirit. Since Gokarna was pure devotee, he was fearless and he inquired the ghost as to who he was and why he had attained this situation. When Dhundukari heard this, he began to cry loudly due to his inability to speak. Gokarna sprinkled the holy waters which he collected from various tirthas in the direction of the sound and as a result, some of sins were destroyed and Dhundukari began to speak. He revealed to him that he was none other than his brother Dhundukari. He confessed to him about all the sins he had performed in his previous life and how as a result of those sins, he is suffering now in this ghost form. He prayed to his dear brother Gokarna to somehow or the other help him get out of this terrible condition. Gokarna was surprised as to how even after doing shraddha at Gaya, Dhundukari was not relieved of his painful situation. He pacified Dhundukari that he would check out with the elders and the sages in the village and try to find a way out. None of the yogis in the village knew how to release Dhundukari from ghostly form. So they suggested Gokarna to check with Sun god. By his mystic powers, Gokarna was able talk to Sun God. We find Sun God's reply in verse 41 of 5th chapter of Uttarakhanda of Padmapurana as follows:
śrīmad-bhāgavatān muktiḥ saptāhe vācanaṁ kuru
iti sūrya-vacaḥ sarvair dharma-rūpaṁ tu viśrutam
The Sun God declared that by hearing Srimad Bhagavatam for seven days as per scriptural rules, Dhundukari will be released from his ghostlly form.
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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