यं प्रव्रजन्तमनुपेतमपेतकृत्यं द्वैपायनो विरहकातर आजुहाव ।
पुत्रेति तन्मयतया तरवोऽभिनेदुस्तं सर्वभूतहृदयं मुनिमानतोऽस्मि ॥२॥
yaṁ pravrajantam anupetam apeta-kṛtyaṁ
dvaipāyano viraha-kātara ājuhāva
putreti tan-mayatayā taravo ‘bhinedus
taṁ sarva-bhūta-hṛdayaṁ munim ānato ‘smi
When Maharishi śuka, who on account of being a jnani (highly knowledgeable being) was freed from all karmic bondages, renounced everything and even before he had undergone the sacred thread ceremony was leaving home to proceed alone, his father Maharishi Vyasa, being afraid of this separation called out to him, “My son”, all the trees, that were the form of śuka’s Self (ātma swaroopa of śuka), responded/ echoed with the same feelings in response. I offer my obeisance to that śuka Maharishi who shines within every living being in the form of the Self (ātma)”.
Nārāyanaṃ namaskṛtya naraṃ caiva narottamam
Deveem Saraswateem vyāsam tato jayamudeerayet ǀǀ
Narayana Maharishis, the greatest among humans, Mother Goddess Saraswati and Maharishi Vyasa should be worshipped at first and then reading of Srimad Bhagawatam, the holy book which grants victory (jaya) to the Self, should be begun.
sa vai puṁsāṁ paro dharmo yato bhakti radhokṣaje
ahaituky apratihatā yayātmā suprasīdati
vāsudeve bhagavati bhakti-yogaḥ prayojitaḥ
janayatyāsu vairāgyaṁ jñānaṁ ca yadahaitukaṃ
That dharma which causes devotion (bhakti) towards the Supreme amongst humans is itself the most supreme one. This is because selfishness, obstacles and fear are absent in it. The mind attains supreme happiness with such devotion. Devotion towards Vāsudeva, the Lord of the universe causes detachment towards material world among people. It bestows the knowledge of the Self that knows no limitations.
from Srimad Bhagavatam – Day 6(Translations of Pujya Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji’s daily explanation of Srimad Bhagavatam on ETV from December 2015 onwards are compiled by Parimala Eshwarla)