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यः स्वानुभावमखिल श्रुतिसारमेकमध्यात्म दीपमतितितीर्षतां तमोऽन्धम्। संसारिणां करुणयाऽऽह पुराणगुह्यं तं व्याससूनमुपयामि गुरुं मुनीनाम्। Suta says: I am taking shelter in Shukadeva. Shukadeva endows those who remember him with great talents. He influences and develops great talents in those who remember him. He himself is the....
यः स्वानुभावमखिल श्रुतिसारमेकमध्यात्म दीपमतितितीर्षतां तमोऽन्धम्।
संसारिणां करुणयाऽऽह पुराणगुह्यं तं व्याससूनमुपयामि गुरुं मुनीनाम्।
Suta says: I am taking shelter in Shukadeva.
Shukadeva endows those who remember him with great talents.
He influences and develops great talents in those who remember him.
He himself is the essence of all Vedas.
If you look at the way he conducts himself, you will know what Vedas are all about.
Whatever Vedas prescribes the entire thing reflects in Shukadeva.
The world is dark.
For those who want to escape from this darkenss, he is the lamp of knowledge.
What is this darkness?
It is lack of awareness of the real nature of the world.
You are sitting in a dark room absolutely no light.
You can only imagine what all is there in that room.
You don't know for real.
Then light comes on.
Then you can see a table, a chair, a book, which are there for real.
Shukadeva is like that light.
He will show you what the world is all about, the real nature of the world.
Is this knowledge only for the intellectually evolved, like the munis?
No, it is also for the ordinary folks.
Of course he taught Bhagavata to munis also.
He is their guru.
Previous shloka we saw that Shukadeva was parabrahma-swaroopi and also he had vairagya.
What was his age at that time?
Five or seven.
Previous shloka says that he was renouncing the world even before his upanayana, prescribed age for upanayana is either five or seven.
Then Vyasa rightly guessed that he was renouncing the world because he was scared of the world, that he will get attached to the world.
This fear was there because Bhagavat-dharma was not there in his mind yet.
Lord Krishna was not there in his mind yet.
He had become identical with parabrahma, he had complete dispassion, but the natural consequence of these two, bhakti had not yet come to Shukadeva's mind.
That explains why Shukadeva has taken birth as a human.
He was parabrahma-swarupi right at his birth.
That means he had attained parabrahma in the previos birth itself.
But that is not the ultimate.
Being one with parabrahma, saying aham brahmasmi is not the ultimate.
Attaining bhkati is even beyond attaining the realization aham brahmasmi.
That he has to achieve in the present birth.
Then he started contemplating upon Bhagavan.
He did it for a long time.
Filled himself completely with Bhagavan.
Bhagavan filled him completely, occupied him completely.
Then Shukadeva came back to his father and learned Bhagavata.
He taught Bhagavata not just to the munis.
He taught Bhagavata to ordinary people as well.
What is the difference between teaching to the munis and teaching to ordinary people.
There is a clean clothe and there is a dirty clothe.
Clean clothe you can just pick up and wear.
Dirty clothe you will have to first wash make it clean and then wear.
Munis are like the clean clothe, their minds are pure.
Ordinary people's minds are impure, they need to be purified also.
Now we have to pay attention to four terms used in this shloka to describe Bhagavata.
स्वानुभावम्, अखिलश्रुतिसारम्, एकम्, अध्यात्मदीपम्
स्वानुभावम्- Bhagavan when he was physically present in Vrindavan, Dwaraka he influenced everyone around him. Many like the gopikas attained the supreme bliss and self realization merely by his presece or by just looking at him.
This quality, Bhagavata also has got.
Bhagavata can influence you just like Bhagavan.
अखिलश्रुतिसारम्- Shruti means the Vedas.
Veda has got both karma-kanda and jnana-kanda.
What you have to do and what you have to understand.
But both these are just means to attain bhakti, attain Bhagavan.
Without going through the tedious process of karma-kanda and jnana-kanda, bhakti cn be obtained, Bhagavan can be attained by just listening to Bhagavata.
The term akhila is also important.
What we have today is just a small part of the Veda which Vyasa compiled with the aim of yajnas being performed without inteeruption even during kaliyuga.
But that is just a small part of the Veda.
Bhagavata is essence of akhilashruti, the entire Veda.
एकम्- Bhagavata is unique.
There is no other book like Srimad Bhagavata.
अध्यात्मदीपम्- Bhagavata brings light inside you, brings light to the atma, makes atma to shine.
There may be other methods also for this.
But then, you need a guru, you have to follow a stringent path, there are prescribed practices which you can not deviate from, then there is a lot of hardwork.
Which other method can make your atma brilliant be just listening to the sweet stories of Bhagavan?
In this respect also Bhagavata is unique.
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