Approaching Bhagavatam

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Kolkata—Worldwide, 4 October 2020, part 3


I was reading Srimad Bhagavatam yesterday and saw one peculiar thing there.

Sukadev Goswami was like a child—even when he was a young boy of sixteen years old, he still lived stark naked. One time, Sukadev Goswami was walking first and his father Vyasadev was walking behind him. On the way, they saw some young devanganas (celestial daughters of demigods) who were also all naked. You know, when children are small (eight-five years old), they are like babies—they play and do not think whether they are naked or whether it is necessary to put on some clothes, they are not conscious of it. Sukadev Goswami was also like that. So, when the daughters of demigods saw Sukadev Goswami, they did not think anything, but when they saw Vyasadev walking behind him (Vyasadev was fully dressed), they quickly put on some clothes. Vyasadev asked them, "Why did you not put on clothes when you saw my son?" The girls replied, "Because when we saw your son Sukadev Goswami, we did not see any feeling in him—we did not see any sign of differentiation between men and women. So, we remained unconscious of it." Vyasadev was very happy to hear that.

That is why it is said that one must not read Bhagavatam or give Bhagavatam class for money—do not read Bhagavatam to earn money, wealth, property, pratistha, etc. Gurudev never liked it when people did "Bhagavat Sapta"—when somebody would arrange a seven-day reading of Bhagavatam. You must listen to Srimad Bhagavatam from a pure Vaishnav who knows Bhagavatam and who knows the meaning of Bhagavatam. This is very important to understand this.

Sivji Maharaj said, "Aham vetti, Suka vetti, Vyasa vetti na vetti va. I know it, Sukadev Goswami knows it, but I do not know whether Vyasadev knows it or not." Our Param Guru Maharaj (Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj) recognised our Gurudev (Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj) as a proper guru, so we should not have any more doubts—Guru Maharaj chose his closest friend as the next successor. We should not doubt this any more.

Those who doubt, who create problems, are inevitably going to fall down. They are in for it. So many problems will come to their life. Gurudev can see everything and Gurudev has told everything. Yet, we still have ego, we still have problems because of our own disease, our own problems. We should truly understand what Gurudev wanted to say. It is very important.


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