Constantly Hearing and Remembering the Lord

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.

This is a very instructive verse told by Vidura Maharaj to Maitreya in Srimad Bhagavatam(3.5.13),

sā śraddadhānasya vivardhamānā
viraktim anyatra karoti puṁsaḥ
hareḥ padānusmṛti-nirvṛtasya
samasta-duḥkhāpyayam āśu dhatte

For one who is anxious to engage constantly in hearing such topics, Krsna-katha gradually increases his indifference towards all other things. Such constant remembrance of the lotus feet of Lord Krsna by the devotee who has achieved transcendental bliss vanquishes all his miseries without delay.

1. Constant hearing Krsna-katha - Indifference to all material things.
2. Constant remembrance of the Lord - Vanquishing all miseries.

Notice that the word 'Constant' is used twice in the translation.(constant-steady, regular, stable, continuous). The priority is given to hearing. There are so many instructions on hearing but the most important is hearing from bona fide spiritual master (lectures, books, physical presence etc). Also notice how simple recipe Bhagavatam gives for indifference to all material things and vanquishing of all miseries - Simple hearing and remembering!

In the purport Srila Prabhupada explains the above mention points.

We must certainly know that on the absolute plane Krsna katha and Krsna are one and the same. The Lord is the Absolute Truth, and therefore His name, form, quality, etc., which are all understood to be Krsna-katha, are nondifferent from Him. Bhagavad-gita, being spoken by the Lord, is as good as the Lord Himself. When a sincere devotee reads Bhagavad-gita, this is as good as seeing the Lord face to face in his personal presence, but this is not so for the mundane wrangler. All the potencies of the Lord are there when one reads Bhagavad-gita, provided it is read in the way recommended in the Gita by the Lord Himself. One cannot foolishly manufacture an interpretation of Bhagavad-gita and still bring about transcendental benefit.

The pure devotee of the Lord enjoys life by constantly remembering the lotus feet of the Lord by hearing Krsna-katha. For such a devotee there is no such thing as material existence, and the much-advertised bliss of brahmananda is like a fig for the devotee who is in the midst of the transcendental ocean of bliss.

I cannot stop ask my mind why are we not constantly engage in hearing and remembering of the Lord? Even if we don't achieve supreme goal back to Godhead, at least the material goal will be achieved - "vanquishing of all miseries" - either way it is a gain for us.

Your most fallen servant,
Muralidhara Krsna das
Kosovo.