About reading Sreemad Bhagavatam

Sree Sree Guru Gaurangau Jayatah!

Supreme Lord Sree Chaitanya Mahaprabhu instructed to practise five principal forms of devotion – Association of sadhus, Chanting of Holy Names, Hearing Bhagavat, Dwelling in Mathura and serving Deities with firm faith. Hearing of Bhagavat is one of the principal forms of devotion. It is necessary first to hear Bhagavat from a bonafide true devotee for being entitled to read Bhagavat. As Most Revered His Holiness Tridandi Swami Sreemad Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj was the disciple of our Most Revered Paramgurudeva Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur, there cannot be any objection to go through the translation written by him. A devotee should not go through Bhagavat like other ordinary readers without devotion.

Devotee should read Bhagavat with great reverence and devotion, after praying the grace of Guru-Vaishnav-Bhagavan. The significance of Sreemad Bhagavat, which is One with Sree Krishna will be revealed to a bonafide surrendered soul. It is not possible to realise the inner significance of Srimad Bhagavat by intellect and mental capacity.

Our Param Guru-padpadma Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur used to say, ‘Bhakti cannot be propagated by a non-devotee by ornamental rhetoric language’. If a bonafide true devotee will read Bhagavat with the sole purpose of propitiating Sree Krishna, his words are transcendental as such, there will be feeling of a spiritual, devotional vibration in the soul, without knowing the meaning of the speech, word by word.

Worldly educated person cannot exactly interpret the sayings of a devotee. You should hear interpretation also from a true devotee. In short, whatever devotional forms we practise, target should be correct, i.e., target should be for the satisfaction of Sree Krishna and His devotees. We should be very careful in regard to this, so that we cannot miss the target.

— Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj


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