Sanskrit Sloka

धर्म: प्रोज्झितकैतवोऽत्र परमो निर्मत्सराणाम् सतामं
वेध्यं वास्तवमत्र वस्तु शिवतं तापत्रयोन्मूलनं |

श्रीमद्भागवते महामुनिकॄते किम् वा परैरीश्वर:
सद्यो ह्रुद्यवरुध्य़तेऽत्र कृतिभि: शुश्रूषुभिस्तत्क्षणात् ||

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English Transliteration

dharma: prOjjitakaitavOtra paramO nirmatsarANAm satAm
vEdyam vAstavamatra vastu shivatam tApatrayOnmUlanam|

srimad bhAgavatE mahAmunikrutE kim vA parairIshwara:
sadhyO hrudyavarudhyatEtra krutibhi: sushrUshubhistatkshaNAt||

Synonyms

अत्र श्रीमद्भागवते In this Srimad Bhagavatha Purana
महामुनिकृते    Which was first revealed by Lord Sri Narayana himself
परम धर्म:     that supreme Dharma which goes by the name of Bhagavatha Dharma has been prescribed
प्रोज्झित कैतव  which has all hypocrisy dispelled (in the form of even the desire for result of action)
निर्मत्सराणाम् सताम् for those Sadhus (good-natured men) who are devoid of jealousy, conceit and other such qualities
अत्र Here in this Purana
वस्तु     that  Supreme Being
वास्तवं which is eternal
शिवतं which bestows all auspiciousness
तापत्रयोन्मूलनं which uproots the three-fold miseries of jivas
वेध्यं  is made known easily (without lucid descriptions)
किम् वा ईश्वर:  Does the supreme Lord
ह्रुदि अवरुध्यते      enters the heart and remain firmly installed
सध्य: परै: 'instantly’ through any other shastra?
कृतिभि: शुश्रूषुभि But in the hearts of those fortunate and meritorious men who have a great desire to listen to the glories of the Lord
अत्र this great Bhagavatha Purana
तत्क्षणात् installs the Lord that very moment (they listen to it)

Verse Meaning

In this Srimad Bhagavata Purana, which was first revealed by Lord Sri Narayana Himself, that supreme Dharma which goes by the name of Bhagavata Dharma has been prescribed which has all hypocrisy dispelled (in the form of even the desire for result of action) for those Sadhus (good-natured men) who are devoid of jealousy, conceit and other such qualities.

Here in this Purana, that Supreme Being - which is eternal, which bestows all auspiciousness, which uproots the three-fold miseries of jivas - is made known easily (without lucid descriptions). Does the Supreme Lord enter the heart and remain firmly installed ‘instantly’ through any other Shastra? But in the hearts of those fortunate and meritorious men who have a great desire to listen to the glories of the Lord, this great Bhagavatha Purana installs the Lord that very moment (they listen to it).

Commentary

This verse deals with the greatness of Bhagavata Purana, Bhagavata Dharma and Sravanam in particular. Sravanam or listening to the glories of the Lord by itself is capable of bestowing liberation. This can be seen from the very life of Parikshit. This verse speaks of that supreme Dharma called Bhagavata Dharma which has Bhakti or devotion as its very life. This Purana has been written purely to proclaim the greatness of Nama Sankirtan or chanting of the Divine Names. This Dharma is free from all all hypocrisy. What do we mean here by hypocrisy? – not only bias, jealousy, crookedness, hatred etc., but even the slightest expectation for the result of actions performed including the desire for liberation. This Dharma is for the good-natured ones who have an open, unbiased mind and are eager to know the truth. Different Dharmas are prescribed by the Shastras aiming at cleansing the soul. By the mere practice of Bhagavata Dharma, this goal is achieved and one becomes a Sadhu.


This verse proclaims and guarantees that the Lord will instantly enter the hearts of those who even wish to listen to this Purana. What more can be said about the Sravanam of Bhagavatam? There is an open challenge that no other Shastra is capable of such a thing. Here, the Supreme being who is beyond mind and speech (मनोवाचामगोचर:) is gifted to us in a platter. He is the bestower of all auspiciousness, is eternal and uproots the three-fold miseries of men. The three-fold miseries are
i) आध्यात्मिक - those caused by the mind
ii) आधिभौतिक -those caused by external agents like animals , nature etc.,
iii) आधिदैविक- those inflicted by Gods


Srimad Bhagavatam is a boon to mankind, for, it teaches the way to live the life here and hereafter in a contented manner so as to attain the highest bliss.