In the previous episode, we had witnessed an important description of how the Bhaagawatha Puraana text is divided into seven major parts (“Saptaaham”) for easy comprehending purpose. We had witnessed in detail, the contents of each part and a short description of each of it. From now, we shall commence our discussion on the contents of the first part. As always, we shall keep the discussion as lucid as possible, so that all of us can understand and comprehend it easily. However, if there are further questions or queries, readers can feel free to write to me at any time.
Having said thus, even if we understand the contents of the text, it is important not to just read it and close it off. We need to recollect these points again and again in our mind, ponder over it and try to understand the implications of these points in our daily life. This is how we would be able to grasp the real essence of what we’re discussing here. Of course, due to lack of time and other constraints, we might not be able to reinforce all points repeatedly and it is up to the readers to reinforce within themselves and implement them in our routine life.
Moreover, we should also remember that wherever and whenever we are reciting this Bhaagawatha Puraana, Bhagawan Krishna will always mark His presence at that particular time and that particular place. If Bhagawan Krishna is arriving at that spot, all the Devas (Celestial Beings) would also make it a point to be present at that venue. They require no invitation! 😊 They would always be present wherever Bhagawan is present! Even if we look at the sequence of events when Sage Sukhaachaarya was narrating this to King Parikshit, all the Devas were present at that venue to listen to his words. Such is the specialty of this great Puraana.
“Slokaartham slokapaadam vaa param bhaagawatham grihe!
Shatashotasi sahasraischa himanyayihi shaasthra sangrahaihi!!”
This is a beautiful sloka that brings out the significance of this Bhaagawatha Puraana text. It says that even if one couldn’t recite all the 18,000 slokas of the 12 Skandaas in the Bhaagawatha Puraana, it is never a problem! He / she could recite atleast one Skanda with dedication. This would be more than enough! Even if one doesn’t have the time and knowledge to recite that one Skandha, atleast one Adhyaaya can be recited. Even if one doesn’t have the time and knowledge to recite that one Adhyaaya, it is still fine! One can recite just one sloka from any Adhyaaya and this would be of immense bliss. Even if one doesn’t have the time and knowledge to recite one full sloka, he / she can recite atleast half a sloka or even a phrase of a sloka with utmost sincerity and dedication. This itself would melt Bhagawan Krishna’s heart, as we’ve witnessed before, He Himself is present in this great text in an immortal non-physical form. So even if we recite one phrase of a sloka from Bhaagawatha Puraana, it is like experiencing a portion of Bhagawan Krishna and His infinite love and grace. Such is the significance of this great Puraana. Thus as we move on, it is not important as to how many slokas we understand and learn. Even if we focus on just one sloka properly with utmost sincerity and dedication and make a sincere effort to implement the message that the sloka conveys in our day-to-day life, this itself is a great achievement! This itself would take us a step closer to Bhagawan Krishna.
“Nayasya thishtate shaastram griheeyam bhaagawatham kalau!
Na tasya punaraavritthihi yam ya paashaath kathaa cha na!!”
Here through this sloka, Bhagawan Krishna again proclaims thus: “In those places where my prayers are not offered and slokas are not recited, I will never be in any form!” This should come as a warning to all of us. It is thus imperative that we focus our attention in learning about Bhagawan, talk about Him, discuss about Him with our peers, chant His slokas, prayers, etc. This is extremely important. The moment we start doing all of these, Bhagawan needs no invitation! He would come automatically towards us, just like how a bunch of iron pieces would align towards a magnet when it comes close!
Of course, one may ask a counter question here – Oh! On one hand we say that we should not talk much or gossip with others and on the other hand we say that we should talk and gossip! Which should we follow? Here, we should understand that, if we talk, it should be about Bhagawan. If we gossip, it should be about Bhagawan. If we discuss, it should be about Bhagawan. But do we do this in our daily lives? We keep talking about someone from some corner of the world – His positives, his negatives, why is he like this, etc. But little do we realize that all these kinds of talks are going to lead us nowhere. But if we talk about the greatness of Bhagawan all the time, we can be sure that we are automatically sending an invitation to Bhagawan to come to us and take us with him to Moksha! 😊
Thus for today, as we move on into the contents of Day 1, let us realize that it is imperative for all of us to read, enjoy, relish, understand and implement all what Sage Sukhaachaarya has given to us in the form of Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana. Let us slowly try and cut down our unwanted activities that we do in a day, and try to slowly focus on what is useful for us to attain Moksha. We shall wait till the next episode to commence the narrative of Sage Sukhaachaarya as we complete the Dhyaana Slokas. Stay tuned! 😊