Bhagavatam Gives Bliss - Part 1

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

The following is humble effort to transcribe one of the nectarean class given by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 11.7.10 wherein Lord Krishna instructs Uddhava about what he should do when Lord returns back to Goloka.

jñāna-vijñāna-saṁyukta  ātma-bhūtaḥ śarīriṇām
ātmānubhava-tuṣṭātmā  nāntarāyair vihanyase

Being fully endowed with conclusive knowledge of the Vedas and having realized the ultimate purpose of such knowledge in practice, you will be able to perceive the pure self, and thus your mind will be satisfied. At that time you will become dear to all living beings, headed by the demigods, and you will never be hampered by any disturbance in life.

1. Requirement for getting Jñāna: "Before we approach any knowledge, we must first pay our obeisances. Humility is the first requirement of getting knowledge. Unless we are humble, every effort will be useless. That also showy humility will not do. Showy humility means it is hypocrisy. Hypocrisy should be completely avoided. You mean what you desire. You mean what you show. There should be genuine attitude, innocent like a child. In that way we should offer obeisances. That is why we recite verse 1.2.4 of Srimad Bhagavatam

nārāyaṇaṁ namaskṛtya  naraṁ caiva narottamam
devīṁ sarasvatīṁ vyāsaṁ  tato jayam udīrayet

In this verse 'tato jayam udīrayet' is very important. 

Before reciting this Srimad-Bhagavatam, which is the very means of conquest, one should offer respectful obeisances unto the Personality of Godhead, Narayana, unto Nara-narayana Rshi, the supermost human being, unto mother Sarasvati, the goddess of learning, and unto  Vyasadeva, the author.

This is Bhagavatam - tato jayam udīrayet. Srimad Bhagavatam is the very means of conquest. We want to conquer so many things. But we avoid Srimad Bhagavatam. Srimad Bhagavatam is the source of conquering everything. Suppose we go on conquering so many things. What is the use of it? Everything is temporary here and destructive. In this material world all things are very temporary nashvaram and destructive. Destruction is definitely there. In this world, you can never win really. So the best course is that somehow or the other we have to maintain our status quo, maintain our families, bills etc and if something is going on, then rest of the time should be utilised in understanding Srimad Bhagavatam. Otherwise we are wasting our time. This is jñāna-vijñāna-saṁyuktam. Continuous knowledge must be there.

Knowledge we are obtaining here and there. But vijñān is more important. Because vijñān means practice is involved. Only knowledge will not help. As we many times see - getting up early in the morning is very healthy attitude. But unless we get up, we will not receive the health. So knowledge is one thing and putting it into practice is another thing. But unless we put the knowledge into practice, it doesn't have any value. As soon as the knowledge is put into day to day practice, then we could go ahead in the spiritual path. Otherwise it is impossible."

Krishna willing we shall continue to hear more nectar from Maharaj in the subsequent offering.

Hare Krishna.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi.