In the previous episode, we had extended the discussion on the introductory part of the Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana and how King Parikshit’s curse set the foundation for Sage Sukhaachaarya in gifting this great text to the world, through this incident. In the midst of this important event of King Parikshit’s curse, we’re witnessing quite a few important messages one after the other, that we can learn out of this. We began by asserting that 100% involvement and the right approach towards whatever we do in life is of paramount importance. Subsequently in yesterday’s episode, we had extended it a little bit more by explaining that the main purpose of reading and understanding our spiritual texts like the Ramayana, Mahaabharata, etc. is to gain the courage and confidence to face any level of challenge that comes through during our lifetime. By understanding our scriptural texts in-depth, we would be able to relate innumerable instances that are explained in them to our practical situation, and we would be able to gain the confidence to put up a brave fight against our problems and challenges.
When I use the word “confidence” in this context, I use it very carefully and with a definitive purpose. Any problem in our life – Big or small, depends on how we look at the problem. In many cases, the problem and it’s nature might be the same. However, one set of people consider it as a miniscule one and try to move on with it by not giving much importance to it. Whereas, there are some people who might blow the problem out of proportion and make it look so huge and life-threatening! For instance, if a small thorn pricks our feet as we walk on the floor bare-footed, some people might just try and pull off the small thorn that sticks to the foot, throw it in a corner and continue walking. Whereas, some others might make it a huge issue – They might scream in pain, attract the attention of other people who pass by, make a hue and cry of the situation, go to the hospital, and finally might even get their leg amputated! 😊 From this example, it is evident that the intensity of the problem lies in the way how we approach it. As we progress towards spiritual development, we should try and look at problems as miniscule ones and move on with them, rather than blowing them out of proportions. If we’ve to develop this capability, our knowledge on the scriptural texts is of paramount importance. Thus, our “Sanaathana Dharma” is packed with all the essences of principles of “best practices” for being implemented in our daily lives.
As we establish this point, it is time for us to now move on with the contents of Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana. In our earlier episodes, we’ve spoken in detail on the practice of reciting and listening to this Puraana for seven days (Saptaaham). We shall witness how Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana is divided into seven parts, to be experienced in seven days. In fact, there is a sloka for this, which I would take for discussion a bit later. Now we shall commence the contents with a few “Dhyaana Slokas” or the “Introductory slokas”. Every spiritual text in our Sanaathana Dharma would normally commence with the “Dhyaana Slokas”. We’ve witnessed the same when we discussed Shrimad Ramayana and Vidura Neeti as well. Now it is time for us to look into the “Dhyaana Slokas” of Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana. The main purpose of these “Dhyaana Slokas” in every text is to invoke the blessings of Bhagawan and the respective author of the text, so that we would be able to understand and comprehend the contents of the text with their divine grace.
“Shrimad Bhaagawatham naama puraanam loka vishrutam!
Shrunuyaath shabdhayaayukthaha mama santosha kaaranam!!”
These words in the above sloka come directly from Bhagawan Vishnu himself. In this Bhagawan says thus: “Whoever makes an attempt to listen to the Bhaagawatha Puraana with 100% involvement and perfection, whoever makes an attempt to recite the Bhaagawatha Puraana, whoever makes an attempt to understand and comprehend the Bhaagawatha Puraana and whoever makes an attempt to facilitate all of the above processes happening for a large number of people together, are all extremely close to my heart and they are in for my divine grace to pass through!”
So for today, let us give this important message from Bhagawan a thought and let us appreciate the greatness of the project that we’ve undertaken as part of the Indian Dharma Blog! We shall wait till the next episode to continue with the “Dhyaana Slokas” as we move into the contexts of this great text! Stay tuned! 😊