Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.
I was going through the First canto of Srimad Bhagavatam. Every word in this verse is so deep and penetrative and Srila Prabhupada has given exquisite meanings and translation that it really makes us feel that Prabhupada is still living in his books and there is no doubt about it. It also makes us very clear that we need not approach any literature other than Prabhupada's to get the essence of all Vedic knowledge.
idaṁ bhāgavataṁ nāma purāṇaṁ brahma-sammitam
uttama-śloka-caritaṁ cakāra bhagavān ṛṣiḥ
niḥśreyasāya lokasya dhanyaṁ svasty-ayanaṁ mahat
This Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is the literary incarnation of God, and it is compiled by Śrīla Vyāsadeva, the incarnation of God. It is meant for the ultimate good of all people, and it is all-successful, all-blissful and all-perfect.
In this verse Srila Prabhupada gives word-word equivalents for purāṇaṁ as The Supplementary to the Vedas. The dictionary meaning of "Supplementary" is to add to complete or remedy a deficiency.
The original vedas, upanishads, vedanta sutras etc describes the Supreme Lord indirectly. Hence Vyasadev felt dissatisfied even after writing so many volumes of vedic scriptures. In fact Vyasadeva after writing all the vedas, upanishads, vedic literature thinks to himself (SB 1.4.30): I am feeling incomplete, though I myself am fully equipped with everything required by the vedas.
Here Vyaasadeva says, 'asampanna' which means "wanting in". Thus this indicates the deficiency. What is that deficiency? He describes that in the next verse - 1.4.31: This may be because I did not specifically point out the devotional service of the Lord, which is dear both to perfect beings and to the infallible Lord.
The word 'Purānā' is very closely related to 'Pūrṇa' which means "complete". Another meaning of "complete" is that "one need not look outside of it for anything", or in other words "everything is available in it".
Srimad Bhagavatam is also called "The Spotless Purānā", because there is no defect or imperfection in it. And in every word of Srimad Bhagavatam there is only description of Bhakti, Bhakta and Bhagavan and nothing else.
The process of devotional service is "complete" because once a person takes to bhakti, he need not look for an alternate process to attain Krsna. And it is a "spotless" process because there is no defect or shortcoming in it, as Krsna says in the Gita "nehābhikrama-nāśo ’sti pratyavāyo na vidyate - In this endeavor there is no loss or diminution".Hence devotional service and Srimad Bhagavatam are both "complete and spotless".
Lord Krsna is also referred as "pūrṇam" (complete) and "amalaṁ" (spotless) in innumerable places in the scriptures. (Refer SB 1.12.8, 1.7.4)
The best way to approach the "complete and spotless" Lord Sri Krsna is through the "complete and spotless" devotional service and Srimad Bhagavatam.
Granthraj Srimad Bhagavatam ki Jai! All glories to His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada! All glories to Srila Gurudev!
Your humble servant,
Sajjana Priya Krishna das
Moderator's Note: HG Sajjana Priya Krishna Prabhuji is a very enthusiastic devotee living in the Middle-east. He is a very active, exuberant and service-minded devotee. He and his wife Vaijayantimala Mataji are training their 10 year old son Karthik so very nicely in Krsna consciousness that they act as a perfect model of a Krsna conscious family for the entire congregation. By their inspiration many families living there are taking to Krsna consciousness with great interest.
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