Editor and Project Co-ordinator
In the dark age of Kali, bhakti is the only process for getting free from material conditioning. Bhakti is achieved only by the holy association of a pure devotee of the Supreme Lord. Specifically, one must hear kṛṣṇa-kathā from such a devotee. Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is the best source of kṛṣṇa-kathā. It presents questions and answers related to Lord Krishna, His name, form, pastimes, energies, and various incarnations. It was compiled by Srila Vyasa, and is the essence of all Vedic Literature.
Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is so potent that it captivated the heart of Sukadeva Goswami, a self realised soul completely absorbed in Brahman. He ran away from home after his birth, but returned as soon as he heard a few verses of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. Although he renounced everything including even a kaupin, he could not give up Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. he was very fond of forest life (araṇya-priya), but after hearing Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam from his father, he became very dear to the devotees (viṣṇujana-priya), by reciting the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. He was so renounced that he did not distinguish between male and female, yet he relished narrating the most intimate pastimes of Lord Krishna with the cowherd damsels.
Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is the very life and soul of the Vaishnavas, especially the Gaudiya Vaishnavas. Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu called it spotless (amala Purana). He would hear it from His dear associate, Sri Gadadhara Pandita at Narendra Sarovara in Jagannatha Puri. In Bhakti-rasamrta sindhu, Srila Rupa Goswami lists hearing Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam as one of the five essential processes of devotional service. Indeed, it is so wonderful that even impersonalists, who do not consider the Lord's form or abode transcendental, cannot resist studying and commenting upon it.
Srila Prabhupada carried Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam aboard the Jaladuta to the United States and with this weapon he conquered the world. He blessed many thousands with the wealth of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. He referred to his Bhaktivedanta purports on Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam as his "emotional ecstasies". He made it mandatory for his followers to hear Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam daily. Wherever he went he spoke on Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, he sometimes relished hearing it from his disciples as well.
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati said that if all the books in the world were destroyed, and only Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam remained, there would be no loss. It will be clear from this booklet that this is no over statement.
Joined ISKCON in year 2002. He received Harinama and Brahmana Initiation from H.H. Radha Govinda Das Goswami in Year 2007 and 2011 respectively.
He officially serves in ISKCON since 2010. He holds a Masters Degree in Information Technology.
He is the editor for NBS Magazine and Project Co-ordinator of Bhagavata Vidyalaya. He travels across India and abroad for preaching the message of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. He conducts seminars on different topics from Srimad Bhagavatam in English, Hindi and Marathi.
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