Srimad Bhagavatam – Day 85

Idaṁ bhāgavataṁ nāma yan me bhagavatoditam
Saṅgraho ‘yaṁ vibhūtīnāṁ tvam etad vipulī kuru

Lord Srihari preached to me this scripture which has become popular as Bhagawatam. In this scripture, the glories of the Lord have been explained in a condensed manner. O Narada! You expand this scripture yourself.

Yathā harau bhagavati nṛṇāṁ bhaktir bhaviṣyati
Sarvātman yakhilādhāre iti saṅkalpya varṇaya

Begin the task after making a firm determination that you will describe it in such a manner that it increases the devotion in human beings towards the Supreme Lord, who is the support for everything and who is the Self that exists within everyone.

Māyāṁ varṇayato ‘muṣya īśvarasyānumodataḥ
Śṛṇvataḥ śraddhayā nityaṁ māyayātmā na muhyati

The intellect of the persons who narrate these divine stories daily with dedication and devotion as well as of those who listen to it with great interest will be devoid of delusion caused by spiritual ignorance (avidya).

Śṛṇvataḥ śraddhayā nityaṁ gṛṇataś ca sva-ceṣṭitam
Kālena nātidīrgheṇa bhagavān viśate hṛdi

In the heart of that person who eternally narrates or listens to the divine plays of the Supreme Lord with total dedication, God quickly enters and makes known His presence.

Dhautātmā puruṣaḥ kṛṣṇa-pāda-mūlaṁ na muñcati
Mukta-sarva-parikleśaḥ pānthaḥ sva-śaraṇaṁ yathā

The spiritual aspirant called human being whose mind has been thus cleansed gives up all forms of mental defects and sins. Just as a weary traveler who after returning home from an exhaustive journey does not seek to leave his house, the devotee no longer seeks to leave the lotus feet of the Lord Krishna.

from Srimad Bhagavatam – Day 85(Translations of Pujya Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji’s daily explanation of Srimad Bhagavatam on ETV from December 2015 onwards are compiled by Parimala Eshwarla)

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