(Kadamba Kanana Swami, Cape Town, SA, 23rd Dec 2011) Lecture - SB 7.14.4 Any standards below the four regulative principles is the standard of when one is suffering. Of course, there is a spiritual … more
(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 04 June 2017, Radhadesh, Belgium, Caitanya Caritamrta Madhya 25.265 – 267)
The Srimad Bhagavatam gives us full descriptions of Krsna’s appearance, of Krsna’s character and of his activities. It is in this way, by absorption in the Bhagavatam that we get everything, everything to know who Krsna is. First, it describes how of all the incarnations, Krsna is the Supreme Lord, ete cāṁśa-kalāḥ puṁsaḥ kṛṣṇas tu bhagavān svayam (Srimad Bhagavatam 1.3.28). Then finally in the tenth canto, it gets into detail. In this way, by reading, we can gradually understand and begin to appreciate Krsna. So that is why Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was speaking about the Bhagavatam – not just to establish the truth but to relish it. It is said that the Bhagavatam is especially for relishing.
vayaṁ tu na vitṛpyāma
yac chṛṇvatāṁ rasa-jñānāṁ
svādu svādu pade pade (Srimad Bhagavatam 1.1.19)
The Bhagavatam is for enjoyment. It is to appreciate Krsna. It is to enjoy Krsna. That is why one has to read Bhagavatam to the point where it becomes really inspiring. If you read the Bhagavatam and it is not yet completely inspiring, keep on reading until it gets inspiring. Even if it takes hours, even if it takes days, even if it takes weeks, even if it takes months and even if it takes years – keep on reading until it becomes completely inspiring. Then when it becomes completely inspiring, you cannot stop reading. Now, that is the point where we want to get to – the point where we cannot stop reading!