Glories of Srimad Bhagavatam - Part 35

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.  

Dhundhukari says in shloka 58 through 61 of fifth chapter of Uttarakhanda about the temporary nature of material body and about futility of over-caring for it. 

asthi-stambhaṁ snāyu-buddhaṁ māṁsa-śoṇita-lepitam
carmāvanaddhaṁ durgandhaṁ pātraṁ mūtra-purīṣayoḥ
jarā-śoka-vipākārtaṁ roga-mandiram āturam
duṣpūraṁ durdharaṁ duṣṭaṁ sa-doṣaṁ kṣaṇa-bhaṅgaram
kṛmi-viḍ-bhasma-saṁjñātaṁ śarīram iti varṇitam
asthireṇa sthiraṁ karma kuto 'yaṁ sādhyen na hi
yat prātaḥ saṁskṛtaṁ cānnaṁ sāyaṁ tac ca vinaśyati
tadīya-rasa-saṁpuṣṭe kāye kā nāma nityatā

The body is supported on columns of bones held together by a network of nerves and tendons smeared with flesh and blood, covered all over with skin full of bad smell being a receptacle of urine and stool. It is ever afflicted with old age, sorrow and it is home of diseases, frail, difficult to satisfy, hard to maintain, corrupt, faulty, and momentary. It has been characterized as having its finality in what goes by the name of worms, faeces and ashes. Why then should one not perform with this unstable body, action leading to immortality?

Since this body is just a bag of bile,urine and mucus and is also a temple of diseases, what is the point in being proud of body? Dhundhukari further says in shloka 61:

yat prātaḥ saṁskṛtaṁ cānnaṁ sāyaṁ tac ca vinaśyati
tadīya-rasa-saṁpuṣṭe kāye kā nāma nityatā

The food that is prepared in the morning gets spoilt in the evening automatically. So what kind of eternity can body which is nourished by such kind of food have?

Neither the body, nor the possessions, nor the relatives associated with the body are going to accompany us after death. So Dhunudkari insists that instead of wasting our time in bodily matters we should use our time and energy in devotional service unto Supreme Lord, for Lord and service are always eternal. Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.2.10 Suta Goswami says, "Life's desires should never be directed toward sense gratification. One should desire only a healthy life, or self-preservation, since a human being is meant for inquiry about the Absolute Truth. Nothing else should be the goal of one's works."

Srila Prabhupada in his lecture on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.8.22 in Los Angeles, given on 14th April 1973 mentions that Srimad Bhagavatam is amala puran and whatever knowledge is there in this world, is all available in it. He says that "This is the topmost education and that if one simply reads this Srimad Bhagavatam, his education is the topmost. Vidyaa bhaagavataavadhih. If one studies Srimad Bhagavatam he is well versed in every subject matter." Dhundukari initially lead such a sinful life. But after hearing Bhagavatam he is completely transformed. The words of wisdom we hear from him proves how true are the words of His Divine Grace. 

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.