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Yuga Dharma Acarya His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada

 

 

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Srimad Bhagavatam
Prayers, Stories and Lectures Glorifying the Srimad Bhagavatam
Srila Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja
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"Bhagavata-sravana: the sadhu who is a real devotee has no other business. He only speaks krsna-katha, hari-katha, Srimad-Bhagavatam. When he opens his mouth it comes out. So by associating with a sadhu, pure devotee, you will get this opportunity of hearing the Srimad Bhagavatam. By hearing Srimad Bhagavatam one can develop bhakti unto Krsna. It must be a daily affair, daily."

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BHAKTI DEVI AND HER TWO SONS
Glorification of the Srimad Bhagavatam

This story covers the first three chapters of the
Srimad Bhagavata Mahatmyam found in the Padma Purana, Uttara Khanda
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Srimati Bhakti Devi

Introduction

Srimad Bhagavata Mahatmyam: The first chapter is Srimati Bhakti Devi narrating her story to Sri Narada Muni, a story of despair at the current age of Kali and its effects, especially on her two sons, Jnana and Viragya. The second chapter is where Sri Narada Muni speaks about the glory of Bhakti and the one benefit of the age of Kali. Also the Sanat Kumaras instruct Sri Narada Muni to speak the Srimad Bhagavatam as the means for reviving Jnana and Viragya. The third chapter is where the Srimad Bhagavatam is glorified and Jnana and Vairagya are revived appearing in Badrikasrama with Bhakti Devi chanting the Holy Names of the Lord.

 

Four KumarasSuta Goswami had said to the rsis headed by Saunaka, "I'll tell you a story, bhakti-katha, a story full of bhakti. What I have heard from my Guru, Sukadeva Goswami in a secluded place, I'll will tell you."

The Age of Kali

Once in the Badrikasram the four Kumaras Sanaka, Sanatana, Sanandana, Sanat Kumara appeared there. They are always five year old boys, always naked. They are the first born sons of Bramha, not ordinary personalities. They appeared there in Badrikasram.

Sri Narada MuniSo at that time, they saw Devasi Narada looking very morose. The four Kumaras said, "Oh Naradaji, why are you so morose? Your face indicates that you are very much morose. Why? What is the reason for your moroseness? From where are you coming? Where are you going? It seems that you have lost a very valuable asset and therefore you look morose like that. What is the reason?"

Narada said, "I wandered everywhere in this material world and I cannot get satisfaction at all because this Kali Yuga has come, Kali yuga is the age of sinful activity. Such sinful activities are rampant, people are envious of each other, quarrelling and fighting, so much enviousness is there. All of these things are going on. What is the condition of Kali Yuga? "

satyam nasti tapah saucam daya na vidyate
udarambharino jiva varakah kuta-bhasinah

mandah sumanda-matayo manda-bhagya hy upadrutah
pakhanda-niratah santo viraktah saparigrahah
[Srimad-bhagavata-mahatmyam ch.1, vs. 30-31]

This is Kali yuga, there is no truthfulness, everyone is speaking lies. All are affected by Kali yuga. There is no tapasya, no austerity, no penance, no sadachara. All human beings are only engaged in how to fill their belly, eating, sleeping, defending and mating, this is our activities in Kali Yuga.

Intelligence is bad, fortune is bad, manda-bhagya, suffering from disease, so many diseases are there. There are so called sadhus, pseudo sadhus. They are running after a woman and wealth, no krsna-katha.

taruni-prabhuta gehe syalako buddhi-dayakah
kanya-vikrayino lobhad dampatinan ca kalkanam

asrama yavanai ruddhas tirthani saritas tatha
devata-yatanany atra dustair nastani bhurisah
[Srimad-bhagavata-mahatmyam ch.1, vs. 32-33]

In every grha, household women are predominating, not men. The brother of the wife is minister, gives instruction, do this, do that. Every human being has developed so much greed for the objects of sense enjoyment. They earn money, money, money. They are selling their own daughters. Only quarrelling goes on. Fighting between husband and wife. Fighting between father and son, fighting between friends. Everybody thinks I am great, I am great. This damba, pride is the measuring rod in Kali Yuga. Two persons quarrel and fight, two groups quarrel and fight, two communities quarrel and fight, two neighbors quarrel and fight, all are quarrelling and fighting. Aham bada hai! "I am great!" This is Kali yuga.

In Bharata-varsa, India, all the ashrams headed by the brahmacari-asaram are polluted, all holy places, the holy rivers, all are occupied by melechhas and yavanas. This is Kali yuga. Many, many temples are broken down. It is very, very difficult to get siddha-sadhaka because everything is being burnt by forest fire, the Kali yuga is like a forest fire."
  
Narada Muni says,

atta-sula jana-padah siva-sula dvijatayah
kaminyah kesa-sulinyah sambhavanti kalav iha
[Srimad-bhagavata-mahatmyam ch.1, vs. 35]

"In Kali yuga all the human beings are so greedy, so greedy. They are only thinking how to earn money, money, money. Brighter than sunshine, sweeter than honey, more money, more money, more money. They are selling rice, anna in the baazar. Anna should not be sold. Anna should be distributed, but they are selling! This is Kali yuga. In other yugas it is not done like that.

Those brahmanas are selling Vedas! Yes, they are utilising the Bhagavata like a mercantile commodity. They are selling it to earn their livelihood. Women are selling their hair and making wigs. Selling their body and becoming prostitutes to earn money. This is Kali yuga." In the Western world it is very, very true.

Vrndavana Dhama

Devi Under Tree CryingNarada Muni said, "Just seeing all this, wandering through all the world, I cannot get any happiness or any satisfaction. At last, I came to Vrndavana dhama. There Krsna played His rasa dance. Oh great sages! I saw a wonderful thing there, a wonderful incident. I went to the banks of the Yamuna River and there I saw one young lady, a devotee maiden, sitting there crying and crying. She was very, very unhappy. On her left hand side two old men were there, just lying there, very, very old and breathing heavily. This lady was serving them taking care of them, sometimes giving consolation, sometimes crying.

I also saw some sadhus and innumerable young maidens there. The sadhus and the young maidens were saying to the crying maiden, "Oh Devi, oh goddess, have patience, have patience, good fortune will come to you. Lord Krsna will definitely shower mercy on you." They were saying this again and again. I became amazed. I approached the maiden out of curiosity. Seeing me that young lady, who was sixteen years old, stood up and greeted me saying, "Oh sadhu, Narada Muni, you are a great sadhu, please stay here. Seeing you I feel some consolation, some solace in my heart. I hope you will definitely give me consolation and my distress will vanish, because when someone meets a sadhu, it is to be understood that good fortune has arisen for him. I think because a sadhu like you has come, some good fortune has come to me."

tatrapi durlabham manye
vaikuntha-priya-darsanam

But I think that even those who have achieved human life rarely gain the association of pure devotees, who are dear to the Lord of Vaikuntha. [last two lines, SB 11.2.29]

Bhakti Devi and Her Two Sons

Narada said, "Oh Devi, O goddess, who are you? Why are these old men lying here? Why are these young ladies here? What is your tale of woe, please tell me?"
  
Then that young lady said, "I am Bhakti. I am celebrated by this name Bhakti Devi. These two old men are my sons, Jnana and Viragya, they have grown old, affected with old age." Mother is young, sons are old, it is the complete opposite. "All these ladies you see are all the holy tirthas headed by Ganga, Yamuna, etc. They have come here to serve me." They have come to serve the Goddess Bhakti. "Though I am served by them, still I have no happiness, I have no good fortune. I am very, very distressed and unhappy. Oh Narada Muni, please listen to my tale of woe. If I speak then I'll get some solace in my heart." Yes, if you speak your tale of woe to your friend then you will get some solace, yes.

Bhakti Devi continued, "My birthplace is Dravida bhumi, South India. I grew up in Karnataka and sometimes I stayed in Maharashtra [to the North] but when I went to Gujurat I became old. Kali reigns there in Gujurat, yes. Many pasandis reside there. They injure my body and I became old. My sons became old and morose lacking all vitality. They had no strength. So now I have come to Vrndavan. When I entered into Vrndavan I got back my youth. I am now young again, but my sons are not getting back their youth, they are still old.

Bhakti Devi said: idam sthanam parityajya videsam gamyate maya, I want to leave this place to go to the Western countries, a foreign land, why I'll stay in this land? I am now young but my sons are old, therefore I am much distressed." Mother is young while her sons are old, have you seen this anywhere? It is completely opposite?

Narada Muni said, "This has happened to you but don't feel distressed. You are famous as Bhakti devi. Definitely Lord Hari will shower His mercy on you and you will find happiness."
  
Suta Goswami continued to narrate the story to the Rsis headed by Sanaka.

Narada Muni immediatley understood everything and said, "Oh Devi please hear from me. This is a very, very dreadful age now in Kali yuga, all sat-karma is completely destroyed and the yoga-marga, the path of yoga is completely lost. In Kali Yuga all are sinful persons: papis, cheaters and hypocrites. Their numbers are rampant, increasing and all of them are engaged in sinful activities as they are now all demons.

santo hy asmin su-duhkharta asanto hrsta-manasah
drsyate dhira-cittas tu pandito ’pi na ko ’pi ca
[Srimad-bhagavata-mahatmyam ch.1, vs.57]

In Kali yuga such pasandis are very happy, they are very happy, but those who are real sadhus are suffering.

The Burdon of Mother Earth

Narada Muni said, "Alright, please have patience, please have patience. Those who are patient are dhira, they are never bewildered, dhiras tatra na muhyati [BG 2.13]. The burden of the earth is increasing day by day in Kali yuga because her inhabitants are all demons. Demons are a great burden on the earth. Ananta deva who is carrying this earth is feeling her to be heavier and heavier. No auspiciousness is there in Kali Yuga, such a dreadful age.

No one is now taking care of your two sons, Jnana and Viragya. They are completely ignored in Kali yuga because the demons are very much attatched to sense gratification and material enjoyment. Who wants Jnana and Viragya? Therefore, you are distressed. This is good fortune that you have come to Vrndavan dhama. You have regained your youth because in Vrndavan only bhakti dances here. Bhakti Devi dances here in Vrndavan, but there are no customers in Vrndavan of Jnana and Viragya. We all want bhakti but no one wants Jnana and Viragya, therefore your two sons cannot get back their youth. They cannot give up their old age because there is no one who wants them. Nobody wants Jnana and Viragya in Vrndavan dhama. Still they have got some little happiness here, therefore they are sleeping. They are having a very sound sleep."

The One Benefit of Kali Yuga

Kali YugaBhakti Devi said, "Why didn't Pariksit Maharaja kill Kali? Why he didn't kill? Merciful Lord Hari is tolerating all these things now, how is He letting all these things happen? This is my doubt, please dispell my doubt."
 
Then Narada said, "Oh Devi, alright, I'll tell you. You please hear then all your doubts will be dispelled and you will get some solace if you hear this katha."

drsto dig-vijaye rajna dina-vac charanam gatah
na maya maraniyo ‘yam saranga iva sara-bhuk

yat phalam nasti tapasa na yogena samadhina
tat phalam labhate samyak kalau kesava-kirtanat
[Srimad-bhagavata-mahatmyam ch.1, vs. 66-67]

Narada Muni said, "When Pariksit Maharaja was wandering in the world, he saw Kali and was going to kill him but Kali took shelter and surrendered to him. This is the dharma of a ksatriya, if someone surrenders he will give him shelter and not kill him. Therefore, Pariksit Maharaja is a sadhu, so he is an ideal ksatriya. He therefore didn't kill Kali.

kaler dosa-nidhe rajan 
asti hy eko mahan gunah
kirtanad eva krsnasya 
mukta-sangah param vrajet

[SB 12.3.51]

"My dear King, although Kali-yuga is an ocean of faults, there is still one good quality about this age: Simply by chanting the Hare Krsna maha-mantra, one can become free from material bondage and be promoted to the transcendental kingdom."

But, though this Kali yuga is a horrible age, a most sinful, degraded age, so many evils are here like an unlimited ocean, still one good thing is here. If one chants Krsna-kirtan immediately you will be delivered. Such an opportunity is not available in any other yuga. What people achieved through tapasya, yoga-sadhana and samadhi of other yugas, people of Kali yuga will achieve only by doing Hari-kirtan, Krsna-kirtan. They will get all the same results. For this reason, Kali yuga is such a good age. Pariksit Maharaja understood all these things therefore he did not kill Kali. If he had killed Kali then this benefit of Kali Yuga would not have been available.

The Nature of Kali Yuga

People in Kali yuga are engaged in all abominable activities, sinful activities. The essence of Bhagavata-katha is lost because all are non-devotees avaisnavas pandits. Their activities are selling the Bhagavata, utilising the Bhagavata as a mercantile commodity to earn money. Such 'pandits' are there in Vrndavan giving bhagavata-pravacan and earning money. Some also come to the Western world speaking Bhagavata-katha and earn millions of dollars.

There are no real brahmans in Kali yuga, kalau sudra sambhavah. All are sudras, only hypocrites going to every household speaking Bhagavata and earning money. Therefore the essence is lust. The people of Kali yuga are affected with lust, anger, delusion. Some demons undergo severe austerities and tapasya. The result of tapasya is only lust.

Those who are materialistic pandits, day and night, they are like dogs or hogs only enjoying sex. They are very expert in producing children. They are completely forgetful of their goal of life in Kali yuga. This is such a dreadful age and this is its nature. So who shall I blame, it is the nature of Kali yuga. Lotus eyed Lord Hari is tolerating everything.

The Promise of Narada Muni

Then Bhakti Devi said, "O Devarsi Narada, you are glorified, very good fortune has come to me because you have come here and I met you. It is very rare to have the darshan of a sadhu."
 
Narada said,

baddhvanjalim tvaya prstam kim karomiti caikada
tvam tadajnapayat krsno mad-bhaktan posayeti ca
[Srimad Bhagavata-mahatmyam, ch. 2, vs. 6]

"Oh Devi, one day you approached Lord Krsna with folded hands and asked Him what shall I do? At that time Krsna said, "You maintain my devotees." That order is there with you. It is Krsna's order. Krsna became very much pleased with you. So he gave mukti as your maid servant and gave Jnana and Viragya as your two sons."

anya-dharmams tiras-krtya puras-krtya mahotsavan
tada naham harer daso loke tvam na pravartaye
[Srimad Bhagavata-mahatmyam ch. 2, vs. 14]

Then Narada promised, "If I cannot establish bhakti, if I cannot establish you and instead only varnasramadi-dharma and other dharmas are there, I promise, I'll never go by this name of Hari dasa." Such a promise Narada Muni made to Bhakti Devi.

Sri Krsna is Submitted by Prema Bhakti

nrnam janma-sahasrena bhaktih su-krtinam bhavet
kalau bhaktih kalau bhaktir bhaktya krsnah purah-sthitah
[Srimad Bhagavata-mahatmyam ch. 2, vs. 19 ]

Those persons who have accumulated sufficient pious activities for thousands of births achieve bhakti because by execution of bhakti alone, one is able to situate himself in the abode of the supreme Lord Krishna.

manusyanam sahasresu
kascid yatati siddhaye

yatatam api siddhanam
kascin mam vetti tattvatah

[Bg. 7.3]

Out of thousands among men, one makes an endeavour for perfection. Those very few who reach perfection, hardly one may understand Me in tattva.

It's not an easy to endeavour for perfection in Kali yuga, it is very, very difficult. After thousands and thousands of years and thousands and thousands of births, one maybe attracted towards bhakti. But in Kali yuga only bhakti is there. There is no jnana, karma or yoga. Kalau nasty eva nasty eva nasty eva gatir anyatha, [Cc. Adi 17.21]. No other way is there, three times it is mentioned. Karma, jnana and yoga: these three are denied in Kali yuga, only bhakti is there.

Krsna only becomes submitted by prema-bhakti, ‘Bhaktye’ krsna vasa haya, [Cc Mad. 20.136]. Krsna appears before his pure devotee, a premi-bhakta, otherwise Krsna will never appear."

Awakening of Jnana and Viragya

Then Narada tried his best to awaken Jnana and Viragya. In their ears he very loudly shouted, "O Jnana! O Viragya! Wake up! Wake up!" But they were not waking up. Seeing it was not possible to wake them by this means, Narada Muni then uttered the Upanisadas and then the Gita, again and again in their ears. He thereby tried his best to awaken them. They would just raise their heads a little and then fall back asleep: "Ahhh! Ahhh!" Nothing would awaken them.

They were very, very old and all their hairs had grown white like a crane. Their limbs were very, very weak, like dry wood. Seeing this, Narada Muni became very distressed and thoughtful. "What shall I do? I cannot see any means to awaken them. Why aren't they awakening from sleep? Why isn't their old age going away? Then as he remembered Bhagavan Govinda, one aerial voice came and spoke, "O Devarsi Narada, don't be distressed, don't be disappointed. Your endeavour must be fruitful, there is no doubt in it. Sadhus like you are the ornaments of the world. You go and meet some sadhus, they will tell you what is sat-karma. If you do that sat-karma, then Jnana and Viragya's old age will be reversed. They will wake up and become young again and Bhakti Devi will be blissful. Mother Bhakti will dance everywhere." The aerial voice spoke to Narada in this way.

Establishing Bhakti and the Sat-Karma for Kali Yuga

Narada Muni thought where are those sadhus who can tell me what is sat-karma? Narada Muni went to Badarikasrama and saw the four Kurmars. "O Devarsi Narada, you are glorified, you are the chief Hari Dasa and dear devotee of Krsna. Only you can establish bhakti. We will tell you what is sat-karma-sadhana. Please hear:

sat-karma sucako nunam jnana-yajnah smrto budhaih
srimad-bhagavatalapah sa tu gitah sukadibhih

bhakti-jnana-viraganam tad-ghosena balam mahat
brajisyati dvayoh kastam sukham bhakter bhavisyati
[Srimad Bhagavata-mahatmyam, ch. 2, vs. 60-61]

The four Kumars said, "All pandits have said jnana and viragya are sat-karma. Jnana-karma is bhagavata-katha, the Bhagavata spoken by Sukadeva Goswami. If you do that sat-karma, bhagavata-katha, speak the Bhagavata [Srimad Bhagavatam] then Bhakti Devi's Jnana and Viragya will get strength. Bhakti Devi will be blissful and her sons will regain their youth and strength, yes. This is sat-karma.

pralayam hi gamisyanti srimad-bhagavata-dhvaneh
kali-dosaime sarve simha-sabdad vrka iva

jnana-vairagya-samyukta bhaktih prema-rasavaha
prati-geham prati-janam tatah kridam karisyati
[Srimad Bhagavata-mahatmyam, ch. 2, vs. 62-63]

Hearing the roaring of a lion, a tiger becomes fearful and flees. Similarly in this Kali yuga if a pure devotees, a pure bhakta-bhagavata speaks bhagavata, then all the ills of Kali yuga will be destroyed. Jnana and Viragya along with Bhakti Devi will get their strength and there will be a flood of prema, yes. If this bhagavata-prema coming from bhagavata-katha will innundate every house then Bhakti Devi will be blissful and Jnana and Viragya will become young again."

Srimad Bhagavatam is the Essence of all the Veda

Narada said, "I have already spoken the Upanisadas and the Gita in their ears, again and again, but they did not wake up. Why they didn't wake up since you are saying bhagavata-katha will do so? How is it possible? Bhagavata is the essence of all the Vedas, Vedanta, Upanisadas including the Gita. I spoke continuously in the ears of Jnana and Viragya and they still did not wake up. How they are not waking up? This is the essence of the Vedanta, Upanisadas.

The Kumars said, "Yes that's a fact. Bhagavata is the essence of all the Veda Vedanta, Upanisadas, but the Srimad Bhagavatam is their fruit, nigama-kalpa-taror galitam phalam, [SB 1.1.3]. This is the most ripened, sweetest nectarean juice of the Vedic tree. It is a product of the tree of Bhagavata. As for example, ghee is there in the milk, but if someone drinks milk, can he taste the ghee? If milk could be prepared into butter and all the water removed then ghee can be prepared. One can then taste the ghee in the milk.

cari-veda—'dadhi', bhagavata—'navanita'
mathilena suke, khailena pariksita

[CB. Mad 21.16]

"The four Vedas are like yogurt, and Srimad Bhagavatam is like the butter. Sukadeva Goswami churned the Veda to produce the Bhagavatam and Pariksit Maharaja relished this butter, the Srimad Bhagavatam."

Yogurt contains water but Sukadeva Goswami churned that yogurt so butter came out, then Pariksit Maharaja ate this butter. Similarly, as sugar is there in the sugar cane juice, it gives sweetness. When sugar cane juice is boiled and condensed to extract sugar then one can taste the sweetness in the sugar.

Similarly, in bhagavata-katha, this bhagavata is nigama-kalpa-taror galitam phalam, [SB 1.1.3]. It is the most ripened, sweetened, nectarian juicy fruit of the Vedic tree. If the fruit is collected from the Vedic tree then that is the Bhagavata. When Bhagavata is recited by a premi-bhakta then you can taste its sweetness.

yatra bhagavati varta tatra bhakty-adikam vrajet
katha-sabdam samakarnya tat trikam tarunayate
[Srimad Bhagavata-mahatmyam, ch. 3, vs. 9]

Where bhagavata-katha is spoke by a premi-bhakta, where Bhagavata-patha pravacana is going on then Bhakti Devi, Jnana and Viragya run there, they run there. Hearing this bhagavata-katha they regain their youth and strength.

The Kurmaras said, "Hearing the glories of the Bhagavata, Mukti becames a maid servant. Mukti is the maid servant of Bhakti Devi. Where there is bhakti, then mukti becomes a maid servant.

This is the glory of the Srimad Bhagavatam, yes. Sadyo hrdy avarudhyate ’tra [SB 1.1.2] Sri Hari who is there in the heart immediately becomes bound up, yes. Such is the glory of Bhagavata. This is a daily activity. Therefore as one has daily activities; one eats food daily, take bath, passes stool, all these things are done daily, similarly, one should read and hear Srimad Bhagavatam daily. Not even one day should be missed. If you follow my instructions then all your miseries and sufferings will be gone, yes. You'll become a very handsome looking young man, no more old age, you will be youthful. Daily we should hear Srimad Bhagavatam.

The Kumaras said:

tavat samsara-cakre ‘smin bhramate ‘jnanatah puman
yavat karna-gata nasti suka-sastra-katha ksanam
[Srimad Bhagavata-mahatmyam, ch. 3, vs. 27]

“As long as one has not heard Bhagavata-katha from the lips of Sukadeva Gosvami, he will never be free from the dense darkness of ignorance. He will remain covered by this ignorance, and continuously revolve in the cycle of birth and death.”

katha bhagavatasyapi nityam bhavati yad grhe
tad grham tirtha-rupam hi vasatam papa-nasanam

asva-medha-sahasrani vajapeya-satani ca
suka-sastra-kathayas ca kalam narhanti sodasim
[Srimad Bhagavata-mahatmyam, ch. 3, vs. 29-30]

“Any home where bhagavata-katha is recited daily or any place where bhagavata-patha pravacana is going on then that house becomes tirtha, holy place. The sinful reactions of the residents of that house will be destroyed immediately. They receive the results of performing thousands of asvamedha-yajnas, horse sacrifices and one hundred vajapeya-yajnas, yes. Such a result they get. Not only this result but just one-sixteenth the benefit of hearing Srimad-Bhagavatam is as good as performing one thousand asvamedha-yajnas, horse sacrifices and one hundred vajapeya-yajnas."

tavat papani dehe ‘smin nivasanti tapodhanah
yavan na sruyate samyak srimad-bhagavatam naraih
[Srimad Bhagavata-mahatmyam, ch. 3, vs. 31]

"O Narada Muni, tapodhanah, as long as human beings have not heard bhagavata-katha then all the sins will reside in their bodies."

slokardham sloka-padam va nityam bhagavatodbhavam
pathasva sva-mukhenaiva yadicchasi param gatim
[Srimad Bhagavata-mahatmyam, ch.3, vs. 33]

If you really want to achieve the supreme perfection in your life, you should utter one Bhagavatam verse daily. That is why we write and recite the Bhagavatam sloka at the beginning of Srimad Bhagavatam class every morning. This is non-different from Krsna. If somebody utters half a verse or one fourth of a verse daily he gets param gatim, the supreme destination.

yas ca bhagavatam sastram vacayed arthato ‘nisam
janma-koti-krtam papam nasyante natra samsayah
[Srimad Bhagavata-mahatmyam, ch. 3, vs. 37]

If someone speaks and explains one sloka of the Bhagavata daily, if he does bhagavata-pravacan, the sinful reactions that he may have accumulated for crores of lives will be destroyed. There is no doubt in it, yes. He is considered sukrtivan vyakti, a pious and fortunate person. If he explains, even utters half a verse, or a fourth of a verse he gets the results of performing rajasuya-yajna and asvamedha-yajna, the horse sacrifice and rajasuya sacrifice performed by great emperors.

anta-kale tu yenaiva sruyate suka-sastra-vak
pritya tasyaiva vaikuntham govindo ‘pi prayacchati
[Srimad Bhagavata-mahatmyam, ch. 3, vs. 40]

"If a person who is dying, at the time of death hears bhagavata-katha that has come out from the lips of Sukadeva Gosvami, then Lord Govinda will be very much pleased with him and gives him a place in Vaikuntha-loka. Therefore this Vedic system is there in India, if somebody is about to die, people will recite the Bhagavata before him. Let him hear the Srimad Bhagavatam because he will go to Vaikuntha. This understanding is there in India. In the Western countries it is not there, but this is a fact."

dhik tam naram pasu-samam bhuvi bhara-rupam
evam vadanti divi deva-saroja-mukhyah
[Srimad Bhagavata-mahatmyam, ch. 3, vs. 43]

"He is the most unfortunate person who has not even drunk one drop of this amrta, nectar emanating from Bhagavata-katha. He is a great sinful person, and though he is living he is a dead body, jivan-mrtya. He is a great burdon on Mother Earth."

Therefore, O Narada Muni, you should perform this sat-karma, bhagavata-patha-pravacana. Make such arrangements. There are no rules or regulations for performing bhagavata-patha-pravacana. At any place, any time, one can speak bhagavata-katha. It is sravana-kirtan. So make arrangment for this sravana-kirtan of bhagavat-katha. This Bhagavata is saksad-dhari, is as good as Lord Hari and is the vani-avatara, the vani incarnation of Lord Krsna. By serving the Bhagavata, hearing Bhagavata, reading Bhagavata, seeing Bhagavata, no pap, sin will remain in the body of such a person.

Suta Goswami said, "Sanakadi, the four Kumaras in this way glorified the Bhagavatam."

The Appearance of Bhakti Devi

Suta Goswami continued, "At that time a wonderful incident took place. Please listen, I am telling."

Immediately Bhakti Devi, assuming the form of a very young maiden with her two sons Jnana and Viragya appeared there. Here sons were no longer old but youthful. All of them were uttering, Krsna Govinda Hare Murare Madhu Kaitavare. They are uttering the name of Krsna Govinda Hari Murari, again and again. This is the wonderful incident that took place.

At that time, the munis were arguing amoung themselves how Bhakti Devi appeared here at Badarikasrama? The Kumars said, "Bhakti Devi has appeared with her two sons, Jnana and Viragya because of this Bhagavata-katha, glorifing the Bhagavata."

Then Bhakti Devi offered obeisances to the four Kumars. She said, "In this Kali yuga my limbs have been injured here but hearing the glories of bhagavata-katha from your mouth, O Sanat Kumar, I am nourished now. My full youthful body has returned and my two sons have also regained their youth. But where shall I stay now?"

Then the Kumar's said, "You are Bhakti Devi, you stay with the bhaktas, devotees, those who are dear devotees of Lord Hari. You maintain the bhaktas, thereby they can get prema, krsna-prema. Their bhava-roga, material diseases, janma-mrtyu-jara-vyadhi, [Bg. 13.9] will be completely gone. So this is your place. Please stay in the heart of such vaisnavas, that is your place, yes. Always you should stay, patiently, in the heart of such vaisnavas, bhaktas."

The Glories of Srimad Bhagavatam

So this is the glories of the Srimad Bhagavatam. In this world the Srimad Bhagavatam is the manifestation of the Lord.

bhagavata, tulasi, gangaya, bhakta-jane
caturdha vigraha krsna ei cari sane

[CB. Mad. 21.81]

" Krsna appears in this world in four forms—Srimad Bhagavatam, Tulasi, Ganga and the pure devotees."

In Caitanya Bhagavata it is said there are four manifestions of Bhagavata in this world: Bhagavata, Tulasi, Ganga and Bhakta. I have no language to glorify the Bhagavata. Those who take shelter of Bhagavata, the speaker and the hearer, vakta and srota, all of them get good fortune and all of them get the mercy of Krsna, yes. There is no other shelter in this Kali yuga but to take shelter of the Bhagavatam.

krsna-tulya bhagavata—vibhu, sarvasraya
prati-sloke prati-aksare nana artha kaya

[CC. Mad. 24.318]

Srimad Bhagavatam is as great as Krsna, the Supreme Lord and shelter of everything. In each and every verse of Srimad-Bhagavatam and in each and every syllable, there are various meanings."

Bhagavata is Krsna-tulya, as good as Krsna. The Srimad Bhagavatam is non-different from Krsna. Krsna is vibhu, Krsna is the Supreme Lord and we take shelter of Krsna. Therefore Bhagavatam is vibhu, we should take shelter of Bhagavata. Prati-sloke prati-aksare nana artha kaya, in every verse, in every word, every letter, many, many meanings are there in the Bhagavatam. Out of the mercy of Sukadeva Goswami and the mercy of Pariksit Maharaja this Bhagavata has appeared here in Kali yuga and now it has come to us. We must take the advantage of Bhagavata. One must serve the Bhagavata, nitya bhagavata sevaya, daily service. Service to the Bhagavata means hearing bhagavata, patana and sravana: reading and hearing, yes. That is service to bhakta-bhagavata and gratha-bhagavata.

dui sthane bhagavata nama suni matra
grantha-bhagavata, ara krsna-krpa-patra

[CB. Antya 3.532]

"There are two types of Bhagavatas, namely the book Bhagavata and the person Bhagavata, who has obtained the mercy of Krsna."

In two places we hear the name of Bhagavata, one is book bhagavata-grantha and another is bhakta-bhagavata. One is bhakti-rasa-sastra the book Bhagavata or gratha-bhagavata and bhakta-bhagavata [the pure devotee] is the bhakti-rasa-patra is the container of bhakti-rasa.

dui bhagavata dvara diya bhakti-rasa
tanhara hrdaye tanra preme haya vasa

[CC. Adi 1.100]

"Through the actions of these two Bhagavatas the Lord instills the mellows of transcendental loving service into the heart of a living being, and thus the Lord, in the heart of His devotee, comes under the control of the devotee’s love."

Krsna gives rasa through these two Bhagavatas: gratha-bhagavata and bhakta-bhagavata and Krsna Himself becomes submitted with that bhakti-rasa. Such is the Bhagavata.

Jaya Srimad Bhagavatam Ki Jaya!


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THE STORY OF GOKARNA
A Story Glorifying the Srimad Bhagavatam

This story is from chapters four and five of the
Srimad Bhagavata-Mahatmyam found in the Padma Purana, Uttara Khanda


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Ancient City in IndiaOh Narada, we will tell you one very old story about how hearing Srimad Bhagavatam completely destroys all sinful reactions.

Atmadeva and the Sadhu

In ancient days in South India on the bank of the river Tungabhadra there was a very beautiful city. In that city all the castes were there: brahmanas, vaisyas, ksatriyas, sudras. They were all engaged in their respective occupations, swa-dharma, devi-varnasrama dharma and all were performing sat-karma, pious activities.

Brahmin of South IndiaIn this city there was a smarta-brahman who was very learned. He had acquired much Vedic knowledge. He was looking as effulgent as the sun. His name was Atmadeva. He was a very wealthy person but still he was begging as he was a miser. Natural brahmanas beg. He was also a grhastha and the name of his wife was Dundhuli. His wife was very beautiful to look at and born in high brahman family but she was always engaged in criticising others, she had a bad mouth. She was always finding fault and was very cruel, talkative, miserly and quarrelsome but she was very expert in household affairs. She was not lazy in doing the household chores. They did not have any children. They had enough wealth and various material opulences but they had no issue, no children. Therefore family life was horrible, just horrible. They tried to perform various types of punya-karma. They spent half their wealth, but still there was no issue.
   
One day the brahmana became very much distressed and left home to go to the forest to commit suicide. At noon-time Sadhu in the forestthe brahmana was very hungry and thirsty, so he went to a pond in the jungle to drink water. He sat underneath a tree. At that time a sannyasi appeared there. The brahmana went to that sannyasi and offered obeisances at the lotus feet of that sannyasi and cried loudly. The sannyasi said, "Oh brahmana why are you crying? What is the reason? Just tell me." The brahmana said, "Oh mahatma, O rsi-prava, I am a great sinful person. In a previous life I have committed many sinful activities and therefore it is my karma-phala that I have no son, no issue. So nobody is taking water from my hand. The brahmanas, demigods, pitr-purusa, all my ancestors and forefathers are not accepting water from my hand because I have no son. I am a greatly distressed person. I have come here to finish my life!" The brahmana continued, "This family life, grhastha life without a son is useless. This grha, is useless, and family is useless. Even I have a cow, I give her nice food, still she is barren, she is not producing a calf. I am also planting some trees and they do not bear any fruit, such fortune I have." Saying this he cried loudly before the sannyasi.

Give Up Family Life

The sannyasi felt pity on him. He could read the lines on his forehead, kapala. So he said, "Oh brahmana give up this desire of having any child, this karma-phala, the result of your past activities in your fortune, no son is there, no issue. You should give up this desire. I could understand from reading your fortune, the lines on your forehead. Even for seven lives you will have no issue at all, for seven lives! I could understand this. You know what happened to Maharaja Sadara for his sons and what happened to Anga Maharaja and his son Vena, he suffered so much for his son. They both suffered so much for the sons. Therefore, oh brahman give up this desire of having sons, daughters or family. You should accept sannyasa, accept sannyasa."

The brahmana replied, "If you understand this by dint of your yoga-sakti then please give me a son. By dint of your yoga-sakti you can give me a son! You are such a great yogi, you have such power. Otherwise I will give up my life and commit suicide before you."

The brahmana thought for a moment more then said, "Oh sannyasa ashram is very dry, very dry, it is not good at all. Family life with wife, son, daughter is a very nice ashram. This sannyasa ashram is very dry. I don't want to accept it."

King CitraketuWhen the sannyasi heard this thing, he said, "Alright brahman, you see, do you know what happened to King Citraketu? He had one crore of wives! But they were all barren, no son, and see what happened to him? Angira Rsi came and gave him a son. The son died. Because of that son, King Citraketu became so much distressed. Do you think that your son will give you happiness? No! This son will give you all distress. Give up this desire for having a son."

MangoThe brahman said, "No, please give me a son otherwise I'll die here before you on your tejas." At last the sannyasi gave him a mango. He said, "Brahmana, alright! Take this mango and give it to your wife and she will give birth to a nice son. But for one year she will take up a vow that she will only take one meal a day, not more than that and she will speak the truth. She will be very clean and give in charity. All these things are required. She will have to do that for one year continuously, taking a vow. Then you will have a very nice son. The sannyasi then went away.

Dundhuli and the Mango

DundhuliThe brahman took the mango and gave it to his wife and told her what the sannyasi had said. Everything the sadhu had said he told to his wife. The brahman had some business in a different town so he left home for a few days.
   
But the brahmana's wife, Dundhuli was very crooked by nature. Now it is a great problem for her. She cried to her girl companion, "Sakhi! Oh my sakhi! I am in great anxiety, great anxiety, I can't eat this mango. I won't eat it. If I eat this mango then I will become pregnant and I will have a very big belly. I have to take a vow and only eat one meal a day. I'll become skinny and weak. I will not be able to do my household work. If by chance, dacoits will come to this village I can't run away, my big belly will be there, so I will be killed. I have heard Sukadeva Goswami remained in his mother's womb for sixteen years. If that would take place with me I will die! How can I tolerate it? This is very bad. If at the time of delivery, the child has remained in that way, how can I take it out? I'll die! I cannot tolerate such pain. It is also a very difficult task to maintain a child and take care of it. Oh the child is on the bed, on my lap, the child will pass stool, urine and make me dirty. No I won't eat this mango. It is better to remain barren!" Thinking like this, Dundhuli didn't eat the mango. When her husband returned home and asked, "Have you eaten the mango?" She told a lie, "Yes, I have eaten." She lied to Atmadeva, she had not eaten the mango.

The Two Sons of Atmadeva

Later, Dundhuli's younger sister came to her house. Dundhuli told her everything that had happened and why she didn't eat the mango. Her younger sister said, "Alright, now I am pregnant. So when I give birth to the child, a son, I will give it to you. You have a sum of wealth. You should give some money to my husband. So my husband will give you our son and everyday I will come to your house to take care of the child. You give this mango to your cow, let your cow eat it! Dundhuli put faith in the words of her sister and she did what she said.
   
Mother and childSo after a few months her younger sister gave birth to a son. In the dead of the night, the son's father brought the new born son to Dundhuli's house. Nobody knows about it. Dundhuli then told her husband, "Oh I have given birth to a son and very easily, no pain was there, it was a painless birth. Then the brahmana became very happy and gave in charity to all brahmanas and distressed persons, those who were mamed and crippled. Then he performed a great festival. Dundhuli then told her husband, "There is no milk in my breast, how can I take care of the child? My younger sister has given birth to a son but the son died. So if you can bring my younger sister to the house, she will take care of him." So the brahmana, Atmadeva put faith in the words of his wife and brought her younger sister to the house. Dundhuli gave the name to the son according to her name and named him Dundukari.
   
CowAfter three months the cow that had eaten the mango gave birth to a very nice son. His bodily hue was like that of molten gold. This is very amazing that the cow had given birth to a son. The whole village came, many people came to see! Such a cow has given birth to a son! It was such a nice son! The son had a body like a human body, but the ears were just like cows ears! Long ears! Therefore the brahman named the son Gokarna. Karna means ear. Gokarna means cow's ears. Now the brahman had two sons, one is Dundukari and the other is Gokarna.

Dundukari

These two sons grew up and became young men. This Gokarna became a pandit and a jnani with nice character but Dundukari became a son of bad character. He was always engaged in wicked, nasty activities. He never would take bath and would steal other people's property. He was always a very angry fellow and would live in the cremation ground. He would keep company with thieves and dacoits and commit theft, setting fire to other people's houses. While playing with the small children of the village he would take them and drop them into a well. All these activities he did. Those who were blind men of the village, he would put them in much distress. He always keeps company with candalas, dogeaters and was always moving with a rope in his hand that was tied to a dog. In the Western countries many peple are moving with dogs, flying in airplanes with their dogs. So he kept company with many nasty persons. He was keeping five prostitutes and they were taking away all his wealth.
    
One day in a very angry mood, he went to his father and mother's house and beat them severly and took away all the wealth. He gave it all to the house of those prostitutes.

When his father, Atmadeva, being a very great miser, saw that this son Dundukari took away all his wealth, he cried, cried, cried very loudly and said, "It is better to have no son than to have such a bad son, ku-putra. What shall I do? Where shall I go? Where shall I stay? Is there anybody to help me in such a distressed condition. I cannot live. I must commit suicide and die!"

Gokarna Gives Good Advice

At that time Gokarna came, he is a jnani, very knowledgable. He gave consolation to his father and said, "Father you better take up sannyasa, leave this home. This material world is temporary. Duhkhalayam asasvatam. [BG 8.15] It is a miserable platform, only miseries are here and everything is temporary. Who is one's son? Who is one's wife? What is one's wealth? Nothing is here. Everybody suffers here because it is a miserable platform. Nobody has any happiness, sukha. Only duhkhalaya is here, better you go to the forest and take up sannyasa and do bhajan." Gokarna said, "Oh my father give up this illusion, moha, this delusion, give up this ignorance. Out of this moha and ignorance one day one must die then after that you'll go to Naraka [hellish planet] and be put into hell. So give up this delusion of 'my home, hearth, wife, daughter, son and family.' Give this up. This is moha, delusion, you had better go to the forest! Do Hare bhajan there."
   
Hearing this, the brahmana Atmadeva said, "Alright, O my son what shall I do there in the forest? I am have been put here in this very deep dark well of grhastha ashram, family life. I am bound up with this rope of delusion. I am a great ignorant fool. You please deliver me."

Then Gokarna said, "Oh my father, dear father, inside the body there is kapha, vatta, pita - bile, mucous and air. Nasty things are there: bones, flesh, stool, urine, blood. They are all nasty things. Give up your attachment to this body. Give up this delusion of 'my wife, my son, my work, my home,' all these things, give them up! Take up sannyasa. Develop detachment and engage yourself in Bhagavata-bhajan, Hari-bhajan. Yes, associate with sadhus, serve the sadhus, that is your duty. You should do like this always. Taste the nectarean mellow emanating from bhagavata-katha, krsna-katha. Yes, that is your duty."
   
So hearing from his son, Gokarna, the brahmana, Atmadeva, at the age of sixty years left home and went to the forest. Day and night he engaged himself in chanting the holy names of the Lord and hearing Bhagavata-katha and reading the tenth canto of the Srimad-Bhagavatam. At last he went back home, back to Godhead.

Dundhuli and Dundakari

After Atmadeva, the brahman went to the forest, Dundukari came and beat his mother very severely, "Eh! Tell me where father has kept the wealth, tell me!" He beat his mother with burning firewood. "Unless you tell me, I will kill you!" Being so persecuted by her son, Dundhuli became afraid, so one night she drowned herself. She jumped into a very deep well and committed suicide.

Gokarna saw that this Dundukari is a very wicked person. It is not good to stay with a wicked person so he left home and went out on pilgrimage.

Dundakari and the Prostitutes

This Dundukari had kept five prostitutes. He was always engaged in giving all sorts of ornaments, saris to them and engaged in sexual activities. Once the prostitutes said, "Oh we want more new saris, nice saris, nice ornaments, earings, we want more." Dundukari would say, "Yes, yes, I will give you, I will give you."

Kamanda means a lusty person, he is a sort of blind man. Are you blind? Chanaka Pandit says, "Those who are lusty persons are a sort of blind man, they don't know what they are doing." Those who have much wealth and material opulence, they are also blind men. Madena means very proud, puffed up fellow. They are also a type of blind men. All are blind, are you? Why have you become blind? Do you have eyes?
   
So Dundukari went out to bring money. He committed theft and came back with much wealth. So he gave everything to these five prostitutes. He gave very nice costly saris and golden ornaments. These prostitutes thought, "This Dundukari is committing theft, one day he will be caught by the king and the king will sentence him to death. Therefore we should kill this Dundukari now and take all his wealth then go to some other place." They thought like this.
   
So one night while Dundukari was sleeping, these five prostitutes bound him with a very strong rope and then put another strong rope around his neck and tried to kill him. But he was not dead. So they put a burning coal on his mouth and finally killed him. Then they took his dead body and dropped it into a deep ditch. Nobody knew what had happened. It was in the dead of the night when they did this. Nobody knows.

Then after some days people asked, "Where is Dundukari?" Those five prostitutes said, "Oh our husband has gone out abroad to Western world to collect money. After one month he will be back."

So this is a nice story you can understand, Chanakya Pandit says, "visvaso naiva kartavyam strisu raja-kulesu ca: don't put faith in women and politicians." Yes. Don't put faith.

sudha-mayam vaco yasam kaminam rasa-vardhanam
hrdayam ksura-dharabham priyah ko nama yositam

[Srimad Bhagavata-mahatmyam, ch. 5, vs. 15]

"The voice of an unchaste woman appears as sweet as nectar to a lusty man. Actually her heart is as sharp as a razor. Unchaste women have no love for anyone - they only love wealth."

Yosit is a Sanskrit word. It literally means seeing whom the desire of enjoyment comes. 'Oh the object of my enjoyment comes.' That is the meaning of yosit. Their voice is such a sweet voice, when they speak it is a very sweet voice. 'My dear wife or husband.' Oh very nice! Very sweet voice and her words are like nectarean words, nectarean, but their heart is as sharp as a razor, a razor! A razor! Therefore one who is really wise should not put faith in such yosits.

Dundakari's Deliverance

So Dundukari is now dead and he recieved a ghost's body, preta-yoni. Ghost means no gross body, just a subtle body. A ghost only eats vayu, air and is always distressed, crying, crying, crying. To remain in a ghost body is very painful. Always running hither and dither like the air because it cannot get shelter anywhere. Always saying, "Oh Oh! Ha Deva! Ha Deva! O such pain, such pain I am getting."

So Gokarna heard that Dundukari is now dead. Gokarna was in Gaya tirtha so he offered pinda, oblations for his brother, Dundukari. He also offered tirtha sraddha in many tirthas, holy places. Upon return from pilgrimage he went back to his parent's house to take rest there. At that time, Dundukari the ghost, appeared in front of Gokarna in the dead of night. He sometimes appeared as a sheep and sometimes like an elephant, sometimes like a buffalo, sometimes like Indra, sometimes like the fire god. In different forms he appeared.

Gokarna thought, 'Who is this, appearing in so many various forms? He is a very unfortunate jiva.' Gokarna said, "Who are you? In the dead of night you are wandering here assuming so many forms! Why have you gotten this ghostly body? What has happened to you? Are you a ghost or what are you?"

Hearing Gokarna, Dundukari only cried and cried, he couldn't speak anything. Then Gokarna took a handful of water and threw on him. Gokarna is a Vaisnava, he is a pure devotee, so he threw such potent water. The ghost became purified and said, "I am your brother, Dundukari. I committed many sinful activities, there is no limit to it. Those prostitutes put burning coal in my mouth and killed me and now I am a ghost. I am suffering, suffering, suffering and getting so much pain. I am only eating air nothing else. Oh my friend, Oh my brother, Oh my merciful friend, please deliver me from this ghost species."

Hearing this, Gokarna said, "Oh my brother, I have given pinda in Gaya tirtha and many other tirthas for you, why have you not recieved mukti? Because if you give pinda for a deceased relative they will get mukti. This is what sastra has said. I am amazed that by Gaya pinda, Gaya sraddha, you have not gotten mukti. Then there is no way for your mukti. You cannot get mukti. What shall I do?

Then the ghost said, "O my brother, if you offer hundreds of Gaya sraddhas still I cannot get mukti. Think of some other means." Gokarna became amazed, then he said, "If by performing hundreds of Gaya sraddhas you cannot get mukti then your mukti is impossible. Impossible. Alright then, let me think of it very deeply."

So in the morning many people came to see Gokarna. Some learned brahmanas had visited so Gokarna asked them, "what is the means, what is the way that my brother Dundukari can be delivered from the ghost species? They turned over the pages of their sastra but nothing could be found. When you have already performed Gaya sraddha what is there left to do? No, there is nothing.

Surya Deva Recommends Bhagavata Saptaha

Later Gokarna offered prayer to Surya deva the Sun god, "Oh Bhagavan, Surya, you are the witness of the whole world. I offer obeisances to you, pranams. Please tell me how my brother, Dundukari will be delivered from the ghost species." Hearing the prayer of Gokarna, Surya Deva said:

srimad-bhagavatam muktih saptahe vacanam kuru
iti surya-vacah sarvair dharma-rupam tu visrutam

[Srimad Bhagavata-mahatmyam, ch. 5, vs. 41]

"Oh Gokarna, you must perform for one week bhagavata-pravacan, bhagavata-saptaha, then your brother will be delivered!"

So an arrangement was made for bhagavata-saptaha and many people came from many neighbouring villages. Many blind men, old men, cripples, and many different sinful men came because they know by hearing Bhagavatam they will be delivered. 'Our sinful reactions will be destroyed.' All came to hear. Gokarna sat on a nice vyasasana and started the Bhagavata-pravacan.

At that time demigods also came there to hear. This ghost, Dundukari came to hear Bhagavata-katha but Dundukari was very fickle, like air. 'Where shall I sit?' He thought, 'I cannot hear unless I sit in one place, fixed, how can I hear? Where is a seat for me?'' So he saw that there was a bamboo pole close by, the bamboo had seven knots in it, saptah-grhanti. He entered into that bamboo so he wouldn't move anywhere. He stayed there to hear Srimad Bhagavatam for the entire duration.

Gokarna started from the first canto. After the first day and night when the katha ended, a wonderful thing took place. One knot of that bamboo cracked with a loud sound. Similarly, the second knot cracked on the second day and then the third knot cracked on the third day. Thus seven knots cracked at the end of seven days. So on the seventh day Dundukari came out from that bamboo with a very nice body! He was delivered. He had put on tulasi-mala, kunti-mala, yellow dhoti and there was a golden crown on his head with golden earrings on his two ears. Dundukari came and paid obeisences to his brother Gokarna and said, "My dear friend, you are very merciful and you have delivered me from such painful situtation, the ghost species."

So these are the glories of Bhagavad-katha.

asmin vai bharate varse suribhir veda-samsadi
akatha-sravinam pumsam nisphalam janma kirtitam

[Srimad Bhagavata-mahatmyam, ch. 5, vs. 56]

"Those who have taken birth in Bharata Varsa, India but who do not hear the Srimad Bhagavatam, their lives are an utter waste."

Taking birth in this Bharata-varsa, India, if somebody doesn't hear Srimad Bhagavatam then his life is useless. Even Brhaspati everyday reads and speaks some Bhagavata-katha in the assembly of brahmanas.

jadasya suska-vamsasya yatra granthi-vibhedanam
citram kim u tada citta-granthi-bhedah katha-sravat

[Srimad Bhagavata-mahatmyam, ch. 5, vs. 64]

"If this Bhagavata-katha can crack the knots of bamboo, then why can it not crack the knots in the heart."

By hearing Bhagavad-katha, such dry bamboo knocks crack so why not the hard knot in your heart will be cracked? There is such a hard knot in your heart. Hearing Bhagavad-katha will crack the hard knot in your heart. This is Bhagavad-katha.

Dundukari was glorifying Srimad Bhagavatam. At that time from Vaikuntha, one biman, aeroplane came with the associates of Visnu. They all looked on while Dundukari got up into the aeroplane and went to Vaikuntha.

Results of Hearing Srimad Bhagavatam

Gokarna asked the associates of Visnu, "Many people here were hearing bhagavata-katha, they are nice people, all are hearing Srimad Bhagavatam, why did you bring only one aeroplane for Dundukari? Why didn't you bring aeroplanes for everybody?" Gokarna asked the associates of Visnu this question. They said, "Oh Gokarna there is a difference in hearing, not everybody hears in the same concentrated attention.

ye yatha mam prapadyante
tams tathaiva bhajamy aham
mama vartmanuvartante
manusyah partha sarvasah

[BG 4.11]

"As all surrender unto Me, I reward them accordingly. Everyone follows My path in all respects, O son of Prtha."

Krsna says, "According to one's bhajan, degree of surrender, one gets the result." So there are variations in the result. This ghost, Dundukari stayed for seven nights and he fasted and heard Bhagavata-katha with concentrated attention. What he heard, he contemplated very deeply, everybody has not done so."

mananadi tatha tena sthira-citte krtam bhrsam
adrdham ca hatam jnanam pramadena hatam srutam

samdigdho hi hato mantro vyagra-citto hato japah
avaisnavo hato deso hatam sraddham apatrakam

hatam asrotriye danam anacara-hatam kulam
visvaso guru-vakyesu svasmin dinatva-bhavana

mano-dosa-jayas caiva kathayam niscala matih
evam adi krtam cet syat tada vai sravane phalam

[Srimad Bhagavata-mahatmyam, ch. 5, vs. 73-76]

"That knowledge which is not stable [complete/fixed] is useless. In the same way, if one does not hear attentively or if one harbours doubts or lets his mind wander here and there, then he will not get the benefit of chanting his mantra. Land devoid of vaisnavas, sraddha offered to unqualified persons, charity given to ill behaved brahmanas who do not know the Vedas, are all useless. Faith in the words of the spiritual master, humility, control of the mind's defects and attentive hearing of bhagavata-katha all grant the full result. If one hears the Bhagavatam attentively he certainly attains Vaikuntha."

The knowledge which is not strong is useless. The hearer who is not hearing with concentrated attention, his hearing is useless. If you have doubts in the mantra that Guru has given then that mantra is useless, samsayatma vinasyati [BG 4.40]. Those whose minds are always fickle, his chanting of japa is useless! He commits aparadha only. The land where there are no Vaisnavas, that land is useless! And if you give charity to a person who is not a Vaisnava or brahmana, your charity is useless! That dynasty or family with no sadacar, that family is useless! They will all die! They will be destroyed.

One should put firm faith in the words of guru and thinks himself lowest of the low, trnad api sunicena, with this mentality and concentrated attention you should hear Bhagavata-katha from the lips of Guru. Then his consciousness will be purified and he will develop complete Krsna consciousness. In this way one should hear Bhagavata-katha and he will go back home, back to Godhead.
   
These Vaisnavas, Vaikuntha-sada, associates of Visnu said, "Alright, Gokarna next time when you will again perform this Bhagavata-saptah everyone should take up a vow, fasting and with concentrated attention hear the Srimad Bhagavatam. Then all will go back home back to Godhead. We will bring aeroplanes for everyone. Then Gokarna, Oh Gokarna, Lord Govinda Himself will come and take you to His abode, to Goloka Vrndavan, yes. That is your destination."
    
"So in the month of Sravana, again Gokarna began Bhagavata-saptah and now this time all the hearers took a vow for seven nights. They fasted with concentrated attention and heard Bhagavatam. O Narada, when Bhagavata-saptah ended, a wonderful thing took place. At that time Lord Hari Himself surrounded with many devotees appeared there with many, many aeroplanes. Lord Hari blew Pancajanya conch shell. Lord Hari embraced Gokarna. Gokarna received this same form as Lord Hari. Lord Hari then embraced all of those who were hearing the Srimad Bhagavatam and taking the vow. They all received nice bodies and their bodily hue was like that of the newly appeared clouds, shyama-varnam, blackish hue. All had yellow garments with crowns on their heads and golden earings on their ears. Even the dogs and candalas in that village, those who were hearing Bhagavata-katha from Gokarna, they all got into the aeroplanes and went to Vaikuntha! So then, at last, Lord Govinda Himself became very pleased with Gokarna and took Gokarna to Goloka.
  
So this is the glory of the Srimad Bhagavatam. In Kali yuga you cannot do any other sadhana, just hear Srimad Bhagavatam with constant attention from the lips of a pure bhakta-bhagavata vaisnava, then you can go back home, back to Godhead, definitely. What is the use of doing very serious austerities and penances. Only eating vayu, air or dry leaves of the tree, giving so much pain to this body. What is the use of performing astanga-yoga? Only by hearing Srimad Bhagavatam is all that is required. Pariksit Maharaja only heard in a dying condition and he went back home back to Godhead. This is all glory of Srimad Bhagavatam.

Srimad Bhagavatam kathamrta ki jaya!
Bhagavata-katha-sarusi bhakta-gana ki vrnda ki jaya!
Goura-premananda hari hari bol!


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LORD SIVA AND SRIMATI RADHARANI'S PARROT
A Story Glorifying the Srimad Bhagavatam
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Srimad Bhagavatam

Srimati Radharani's ParrotSrimad Bhagavatam speaks pure bhagavata-dharma-tattva. It condems kaitava-dharma, projjhita-kaitava, cheating  dharma. What is cheating dharma?  There are four types of cheating dharma: dharma, artha, kama, moksa. These are all cheating dharmas. The Bhagavata condemns cheating dharma and establishes pure Bhagavata-dharma. Who understands this Bhagavata-dharma-tattva? Paramo nirmatsaranam satam vedyam vastavam atra vastu sivadam [SB 1.1.2] Vaisnavas, devotees who are paramo nirmatsaranam satam, who are not envious, only they can understand this bhagavata-dharma-tattva. Vedyam vastavam atra vastu sivadam, it speaks of vastu, supreme reality. That is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krsna.
    
Sivadam is all auspious. Siva means auspicous. If someone daily hears Srimad Bhagavatam, he will be free from the affliction of the three tapas; adhyatmika, adhibhautika, adhidaivika. No more affliction will be there. Why are you afflicted?

dharmah projjhita-kaitavo 'tra paramo nirmatsaranam satam
vedyam vastavam atra vastu sivadam
tapa-trayonmulanam
srimad-bhagavate maha-muni-krte kim va parair isvarah
sadyo hrdy avarudhyate 'tra krtibhih susrusubhis tat-ksanat

[SB 1.1.2]

“Completely rejecting all religious activities which are materially motivated, this Bhagavata Purana propounds the highest truth, which is understandable by those devotees who are fully pure in heart. The highest truth is reality distinguished from illusion for the welfare of all. Such truth uproots the threefold miseries. This beautiful Bhagavatam, compiled by the great sage Vyasadeva [in his maturity], is sufficient in itself for God realization. What is the need of any other scripture? As soon as one attentively and submissively hears the message of Bhagavatam, by this culture of knowledge the Supreme Lord is established within his heart.”

If somebody develops the desire, "I'll just go and hear Srimad Bhagavatam," immediately the Supreme Lord who is there in the heart becomes awakened. What to speak of those who comes daily and hear the Bhagavatam, nitya bhagavata seviya from a bone fide authority, bhakta-bhagavata that is a dear devotee of  Caitanya Mahaprabhu, who is an embodiment of Bhagavata. Then he will be able to bind up the Supreme Lord with the rope of love, in his heart. This is the effect of hearing Srimad Bhagavatam. What is Srimad Bhagavatam?

nigama-kalpa-taror galitam phalam
suka-mukhad amrta-drava-samyutam
pibata bhagavatam rasam alayam
muhur aho rasika bhuvi bhavukah

[SB 1. 1.12] 

“O expert and thoughtful men, relish Srimad-Bhagavatam, the mature fruit of the desire tree of Vedic literatures. It emanated from the lips of Sri Sukadeva Gosvami. Therefore this fruit has become even more tasteful, although its nectarean juice was already relishable for all, including liberated souls.”


This is the most ripened, sweetest, nectarean juicy fruit of the Vedic tree, nigama-kalpa-taror galitam phalam. It has now fallen here, such nectarean, juicy fruit of the Vedic tree, Srimad Bhagavatam.

Srimati Radharani's Parrot

Suka the ParrotHere it has come out from the lips of Sukadeva Goswami. Suka means Parrot. Generally, the parrot puts his beak into this fruit which is very, very ripe and sweet. When it is touched by the parrot, it becomes even more sweeter. So this Srimad Bhagavatam is the most ripened, sweetest, nectarean juicy fruit of the Vedic tree. Sukadeva Goswami is Radharani's parrot, Sri Suka. The Bhagavatam says, "sri suka uvaca." Sri means Radharani's parrot, Sukadeva Goswami. When it came out from the lips of Sukadeva Goswami it became much sweeter like the parrot putting its beak into the ripe mango.

Srimati Radharani's ParrotWhen Radha and Krsna were performing Their pastimes here five thousand years ago, Radharani's parrot was with Her. That parrot used to sit on the palm of Radharani's left hand. Radharani used to feed him the seeds of pomegranates. She used to feed him! And always Radharani was singing Krsna's name and glorifying Krsna. Her parrot was hearing everything and it was his life and soul.

When Radharani and Krsna wound up Their lila and went back to their eternal abode in Goloka Vrndavan, aprakata-lila, [unmanifest lila] They left the parrot here. Radharani told the parrot, "You stay here and speak the Bhagavatam." They ordered Her parrot to stay here.

So the life and soul of Her parrot was Bhagavata-katha, Krsna-katha.  Everyday Radharani was speaking and glorifying Krsna, Krsna-katha, while Her parrot listened. Hearing was his life and soul. When Radha and Krsna left, the parrot felt restless. "Where is my life, where is my Krsna-katha?  Where is bhagavata-katha? Otherwise how can I survive?" The parrot was very restless.


Lord Sivaji Speaks the Srimad Bhagavatam

Mango TreeThen he heard Sivaji was speaking the Bhagavatam in his abode, Kailasa-dhama. Bhubaneswar is also Sivaji's abode, yes. It is Sivaji's second Kasi. It is said divya-kasi-bhubaneswar, Sivaji's abode. It is also known as Ekamra-kanana. In ancient days here in Bhubaneswar there was one mango tree. A very big, straight and wide spread mango tree. It was so large that the entire area was covered with that mango tree and therefore the place is known as Ekamra-ksetra, the place of one mango tree. Eka means one and amra means mango. So Bhubaneswar is known as Ekamra-ksetra. Sivaji was speaking the Srimad Bhagavatam there. Srimad Bhagavatam was first spoken here in Bhubaneswar, in Sivaji's abode of Ekamra-kanana.

Lord Siva and Parvati One day Sivaji's wife, Parvati Devi requested Sivaji, "Please speak Bhagavatam, I want to hear." Parvati Devi became interested so Sivaji said, "Alright, I'll speak only to you, nobody else can hear it." It is such nectarean, sweet mellow.

One who has developed taste for the Srimad Bhagavatam, only he can hear it. Otherwise how can one taste it. This mellow, Bhagavata-rasa can only be relished by rasika-bhaktas. It is much more relishable in the association of the rasika-bhaktas, otherwise the mellow will not come out. No nectar will come out, only water. If you cannot relish, then the mellow will never come out, only plain water, salty water, not sweet water.

Lord SivaSo Sivaji drove out everybody from Ekamra-kanana. Nobody will be there in that ksetra, only Parvati will hear. So that's when the parrot flew there and sat in one of the branches of the mango tree. Sivaji was speaking and Parvati was hearing. Parvati was interested in hearing the vraja-lila-kahani of the tenth canto. Sivaji started from the first canto. Parvati thought, 'Oh first canto is being spoken now, the tenth canto is so far away.' So at the beginning Sivaji was just speaking and Parvati was hearing and saying, "Mmm hmm hmm." After some time Parvati fell asleep and she thought, 'When the tenth canto comes I will wake up!'  So Parvati fell asleep.

Parrot in mango treeThe parrot was hearing but when Parvati fell asleep he was now saying, "Hmm hmm hmm." So for some time Sivaji noticed that Parvati had already fallen asleep. "So who is saying, Hhmm hmm hmm?" And then he saw, "Oh yes! The parrot is sitting there and hearing. Oh yes, the parrot is sitting there in the mango tree. He is hearing the Bhagavatam from me. I drove everybody out. Who is this parrot that is hearing Srimad Bhagavatam?" Sivaji became angry, stood up with his trident and tried to drive him out. The parrot flew away and Sivaji was running behind him to kill him. "I must kill him."

Sri Sukadeva Goswami

Srila Sukadeva Goswami and sri Pariksit MaharajaThe parrot flew to the Badrikasrama. Samyaprasa asrama is near Badrikasrama, Vyasadeva was there. Vysadeva was speaking Srimad Bhagavatam to his wife, Vitika. Vysadeva's wife was hearing with an open mouth saying, "Ahh! Ahh!" The parrot flew inside her mouth and went into her womb and remained there. 
     
Later the parrot came out as Sukadeva Goswami. Therefore this Sri Suka is Srimate Radharani's parrot. Otherwise who can speak Bhagavatam? It is said, suka-mukhad amrta-drava-samyutam.
     
Then Vyasadeva saw Sivaji was running towards him, very angry. Vyasadeva asked Sivaji, "Why are you angry?" Sivaji replied, "Why are you speaking Bhagavatam to that parrot? I intended nobody should hear, only Parvati should hear. So I must kill him"

Srila Vyasadeva's pregnant wifeVyasadeva said, "Why will you kill him? If somebody hears the Bhagavatam which is amrta, such sweet, nectarean mellow, what will happen to one who has tasted the nectar? He becomes immortal. How can you kill him? Be pacified, be pacified." So Sivaji became pacified. That parrot remained in the womb of Vyasadeva's wife for many years and later came out as Sukadeva Goswami. Suka-mukhad amrta, Srimad Bhagavatam came out of the mouth of Sukadeva Goswami. The Bhagavatam came out much sweeter. So we recite daily, again and again to rasika-bhaktas, "Please come, please come and taste such nectarean, mellow. It is supplied here." 
     
How many are coming? Maybe you can count a handful, a few. Why so few? Why they are not coming? They have not developed a taste for this sweet nectarean mellow. They have developed taste for liquor. They are varasikas so many are going to the liquor shop. They are putting up big, big sign boards: "Cold wine, day and night, twenty-four hours open, come drink, dance and dine." Big, big signboards are there and many are going there for drink, dance and dining. So varasikas cannot come and hear Bhagavatam. We invite rasikas to come, again and again we invite them to come and taste it.

Daily Hear Srimad Bhagavatam from the Right Source

That is what Sivaji has said, "Who knows the Bhagavatam?

aham vedmi suko vetti
vyaso vetti na vetti va
bhaktya bhagavatam grahyam
na buddhya na ca tikaya

[CC. Mad. 24.313]

“[Lord Siva said:] ‘I may know; Sukadeva Gosvami, the son of Vyasadeva, may know; and Vyasadeva may know or may not know Srimad-Bhagavatam. On the whole, Srimad-Bhagavatam, the spotless Purana, can be learned only through devotional service, not by material intelligence, speculative methods or imaginary commentaries.’”

Sukadeva Goswami knows because when Sivaji was speaking the parrot was hearing. I don't know whether Vyasadeva knows or not. Bhaktya bhagavatam grahyam na buddhya na ca tikaya, only by bhakti one can understand the Bhagavatam. No-one can understand the Bhagavatam by dint of his material scholarship, learning, intelligence, merit, or by taking help of the commentaries given by many, many commentators because the Bhagavatam is non-different from Krsna. 

nigama-kalpa-taror galitam phalam
suka-mukhad amrta-drava-samyutam
pibata bhagavatam rasam alayam
muhur aho rasika bhuvi bhavukah
[SB 1.1.3]

"O expert and thoughtful men, relish Srimad-Bhagavatam, the mature fruit of the desire tree of Vedic literatures. It emanated from the lips of Sri Sukadeva Gosvami. Therefore this fruit has become even more tasteful, although its nectarean juice was already relishable for all, including liberated souls."

Only by hearing Srimad Bhagavatam from the right source, bhakta-bhagavata, one will be able to develop Krsna-bhakti very easily.

yasyam vai sruyamanayam
krsne parama-puruse
bhaktir utpadyate pumsah
soka-moha-bhayapah

[SB 1.7.7]

"Simply by giving aural reception to this Vedic literature, the feeling for loving devotional service to Lord Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, sprouts up at once to extinguish the fire of lamentation, illusion and fearfulness."

When Krsna-bhakti has been developed fully, all your lamentations, delusions and fears are gone forever. Only hear Srimad Bhagavatam from the right source, daily. Drink this and taste the nectarean mellow. All your material lamentations and fears will be gone forever, finished.

srimad-bhagavatam puranam amalam yad vaisnavanam priyam
yasmin paramahamsyam ekam amalam jnanam param giyate
tatra jnana-viraga-bhakti-sahitam naiskarmyam aviskrtam
tac chrnvan su-pathan vicarana-paro bhaktya vimucyen narah
[SB 12.13.18]

"Srimad-Bhagavatam is the spotless Purana. It is most dear to the Vaisnavas because it describes the pure and supreme knowledge of the paramahamsas. This Bhagavatam reveals the means for becoming free from all material work, together with the processes of transcendental knowledge, renunciation and devotion. Anyone who seriously tries to understand Srimad-Bhagavatam, who properly hears and chants it with devotion, becomes completely liberated."

Bhagavatam is the spotless Purana and is very dear to the Vaisnavas, yad vaisnavanam priyam. A real Vaisnava tastes the mellow from the Srimad Bhagavatam. One must hear and study the Srimad Bhagavatam under the guidance of a vaisnava, a bona fide representative of the Supreme Lord who is a bhakta-bhagavata, hearing from a premi-bhakta. By hearing Bhagavata, reading Bhagavata, deliberating on Bhagavata, one very easily develops bhakti, bhaktya. Therefore he is very easily delivered. 

artho ’yam brahma-sutranam
bharatartha-vinirnayah
gayatri-bhasya-rupo ’sau
vedartha-paribrmhitah

“The meaning of the Vedanta-sutra is present in Srimad-Bhagavatam. The full purport of the Mahabharata is also there. The commentary of the Brahma-gayatri is also there and fully expanded with all Vedic knowledge. ”[Garuda Purana, text 143, cited Cc. Mad. 25.113 and Hari-bhakti-vilasa 10.394]

There are four things elaborately discussed in the Srimad Bhagavatam. Number one is the Brahma-sutra bhasya, a natural commentry of the Brahma-sutra. Vyasadeva is the compiler of Brahma-sutra and he gave the natural commentary which is Srimad Bhagavatam. Number two is bharatartha-vinirnayah, the purport of Mahabharata is described here. Number three is gayatri-bhasya, a commentry on the gayatri mantra.

gayatrira arthe ei grantha-arambhana
“satyam param“-sambandha, “dhimahi“-sadhana-prayojana

[CC. Mad. 25.147]

“In the beginning of Srimad-Bhagavatam there is an explanation of the Brahma-gayatri mantra. ‘The Absolute Truth [satyam param]’ indicates the relationship, and ‘we meditate [dhimahi] on Him’ indicates the execution of devotional service and the ultimate goal of life."

Srimad Bhagavatam begins with gayatri-mantra and its commentary, satyam param dhimahi, [SB 1.1.1]. Number four is vedartha-paribrmhitah, Srimad Bhagavatam has expanded the meaning, purport of all the Vedas.

And These four things are here in Srimad Bhagavatam.

sarva-vedetihasanam
saram saram samuddhrtam

[SB. 1.3.41]

“The essence of all Vedic literature and all histories has been collected in Srimad-Bhagavatam."

sarva-vedanta-saram hi
sri-bhagavatam isyate
tad-rasamrta-trptasya
nanyatra syad ratih kvacit
[SB. 12.13.15]

Srimad-Bhagavatam is declared to be the essence of all Vedanta philosophy. One who has felt satisfaction from its nectarean mellow will never be attracted to any other literature."

One who has developed taste for this Srimad Bhagavatam will never aspire for any other sastra because the essence of all  Vedic literature is there. Such nectarean juice is there in the Srimad Bhagavatam. You must know what are the glories of Bhagavatam otherwise how will you develop taste for it and be interested, especially in this Kali yuga. 

In this Kali yuga this Bhagavatam will appear like an effulgent sun. Jiva Goswami Prabhu has said like this. This Bhagavatam is puranam na tu sastrantara tulyam. Jiva Goswami has said in the Bhagavat-sandarbha. Srimad Bhagavatam is not like any ordinary sastra. This is Sri Krsna prati. This is the representative of Sri Krsna. Krsna-tulya bhagavata vibhu, Srimad Bhagavatam is as good as Krsna. Therefore this Bhagavata Maha Purana is not equal with other Vedic literature headed by Mahabharata. This is Krsna's representative. It is as good as Krsna in His vani incarnation.

Sukadeva Goswami says to Sunaka Rsis, "This Bhagavata Mahapurana is the flow of bhakti, bhakti-rasa-sastra. One who hears Srimad Bhagavatam from the right, authorised source will develop prema-bhakti, thereby it will give pleasure to Krsna.

kalau-vyala-mukhalidha-jagat-trana-vidhayakam
srimad bhagavatam sastram kalau kirena bhasitam

e tasmad aparam kincin manah-suddhi-karam na hi
janmantara-krtaih punyaih labhyate sadhubhis tu tat

[Padma Purana 6.193.13-14]

“Sri Sukadeva Goswami recited Srimad Bhagavatam in Kali-yuga to deliver the living entities that are being devoured by the snake of death. Nothing else purifies the mind like Srimad Bhagavatam. However, Srimad Bhagavatam is only attained by saintly persons through pious activities performed over many lifetimes."

In this Kali yuga, this is most degraded age most sinful age, this is like a fearful snake, devouring everybody. Therefore all are afraid of such a fearful snake as this Kali yuga. In order to drive out such fears Sukadeva Goswami spoke the Bhagavata. Soka-moha-bhayapaha [SB 1.7.7] by hearing Srimad Bhagavatam all your fears and lamentations are gone forever. One will become fearless. When Pariksit Maharaja heard he became fearless. What did he say? "Let hundreds and thousands of taksakat [snake birds] come and bite me I am not afraid." He says like that because he has become fearless.

So if we hear Srimad Bhagavatam you will become purified. Your heart will be purified, your mind will be purified. This is provided you hear from right source, from a bhakta-bhagavata, no other means is there to purify your consciousness, your heart and mind in Kali yuga. If someone has acquired a great deal of sukrti from previous births he obtains the book Bhagavata. That is the result of great sukrti.

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AMRTA OF THE SRIMAD BHAGAVATAM
The Demigods want to Exchange Their Pot of Nectar
for the Nectar of the Srimad Bhagavatam.

This story is from chapter one of the
Srimad Bhagavata-Mahatmyam found in the Padma Purana, Uttara Khanda

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Sukadeva GoswamiWhen Sukadeva Goswami was speaking Bhagavatam on the banks of the Ganga to Pariksit Maharaja, the demigods came there bringing very big pot of amrta from the heavenly planets. The demigods are vey expert to fulfill their desires, to serve their own interests. They came and offered obeisances to Sukadeva Goswami and said, "We have brought this big pot of amrta for you. You please drink it and in exchange give us the "Bhagavata" amrta the nectarean mellow emanating from the Bhagavata. We want to exchange this amrta for your Bhagavata. Take this amrta and give it to Pariksit Maharaja. When Pariksit Maharaja, who is afraid of dying from the bite of Taksakat, drinks this amrta, then he will get back his life."

When Sukadeva Goswami heard this He knows the amrta he is giving from the Bhagavata is not the same as the amrta the demigods have brought. The demigods drink soma-rasa, an intoxicating drink. The Bhagavata is like pieces of diamond, whereas the demigod amrta is like pieces of glass. How is it that pieces of diamond and pieces of glass will be equal. Sukadeva Goswami knows this. Thereby Sukadeva Goswami said, "Oh get out from here you cheaters. You want to exchang this bhagavata-amrta for your amrta. It is not equal. I'll not do it, get out from here." So they went away.

This Bhagavata is such nectar, even the demigods cannot have it what to speak of human beings. You are so fortunate indeed. You have taken birth in this Kali Yuga where the Bhagavata has arisen. So Pariksit Maharaja who was dying, heard Bhagavata from the bhakta-bhagavata, Sukadeva Goswami, thus he didn't die. He went back home, back to Godhead to the Lord's abode.

lord brahmaWhen Bramha saw this thing he became amazed. "Oh this is very easy sadhana only by hearing one can obtain perfection. Oh what it contains?" Then Bramha brought a scale and put the Bhagavata in one side of the scale and on the other side he put all the sadanas of mukti. The Bhagavata came out heavier. So seeing this, all the demigods became amazed, "Oh the Bhagavata is such a book!"

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