results of Krsna-katha
Please, therefore, describe the Almighty Lord's activities which you have
learned by your vast knowledge of the Vedas, for that will satisfy the
hankerings of great learned men and at the same time mitigate the miseries
of the masses of common people who are always suffering from material pangs.
Indeed, there is no other way to get out of such miseries.
O VyAsadeva, you are freed from all sins. Thus I have explained my birth and
activities for self-realization, as you asked. All this will be conducive
for your personal satisfaction also.
O KRSNa, those who continuously hear, chant and repeat Your transcendental
activities, or take pleasure in others' doing so, certainly see Your lotus
feet, which alone can stop the repetition of birth and death.
Those who drink through aural reception, fully filled with the nectarean
message of Lord KRSNa, the beloved of the devotees, purify the polluted aim
of life known as material enjoyment and thus go back to Godhead, to the
lotus feet of Him [the Personality of Godhead].
O NArada, now I shall state, one after another, the transcendental
incarnations of the Lord known as lIlA-avatAras. Hearing of their activities
counteracts all foul matters accumulated in the ear. These pastimes are
pleasing to hear and are to be relished. Therefore they are in my heart.
The Lord's activities in association with His different energies should be
described, appreciated and heard in accordance with the teachings of the
Supreme Lord. If this is done regularly with devotion and respect, one is
sure to get out of the illusory energy of the Lord.
Even if he be distressed or degraded, any person who chants the holy name of
the Lord, having heard it from a bona fide spiritual master, is immediately
purified. Even if he chants the Lord's name jokingly or by chance, he and
anyone who hears him are freed from all sins. Therefore how can anyone
seeking disentanglement from the material clutches avoid chanting the name
of Lord ZeSa? Of whom else should one take shelter?
Therefore one who desires freedom from material bondage should adopt the
process of chanting and glorifying the name, fame, form and pastimes of the
Supreme Personality of Godhead, at whose feet all the holy places stand. One
cannot derive the proper benefit from other methods, such as pious
atonement, speculative knowledge and meditation in mystic yoga, because even
after following such methods one takes to fruitive activities again, unable
to control his mind, which is contaminated by the base qualities of nature,
namely passion and ignorance.
One who constantly hears and chants the holy name of the Lord and hears and
chants about His activities can very easily attain the platform of pure
devotional service, which can cleanse the dirt from one's heart. One cannot
achieve such purification merely by observing vows and performing Vedic
Therefore, although I was born in a demoniac family, I may without a doubt
offer prayers to the Lord with full endeavor, as far as my intelligence
allows. Anyone who has been forced by ignorance to enter the material world
may be purified of material life if he offers prayers to the Lord and hears
the Lord's glories.
The Lord, ZrI KRSNa, appeared as a human being, yet He performed many
uncommon and wonderful pastimes by His own potency. How can I say more about
His activities than what has already been said by great saintly persons?
Everyone can be purified by His activities, simply by hearing about them
from the right source.
If one hears about the uncommon activities of the Supreme Personality of
Godhead in His various incarnations, he is certainly elevated to the higher
planetary system or even brought back home, back to Godhead.
Whenever the activities of VAmanadeva are described in the course of a
ritualistic ceremony, whether the ceremony be performed to please the
demigods, to please one's forefathers in PitRloka, or to celebrate a social
event like a marriage, that ceremony should be understood to be extremely
Lord Baladeva is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. One who hears and
chants about Him is purified. Because He is always the well-wisher of all
living entities, He has descended with all His paraphernalia to purify the
entire world and lessen its burden.
O infallible one, I was immediately freed from the brAhmaNas' punishment
simply by seeing You. Anyone who chants Your name purifies all who hear his
chanting, as well as himself. How much more beneficial, then, is the touch
of Your lotus feet?
Lord Hari is the ultimate cause of universal creation, maintenance and
destruction. My dear King, anyone who chants about, hears about or simply
appreciates the extraordinary activities He performed in this world, which
are impossible to imitate, will surely develop devotion for the Supreme
Lord, the bestower of liberation.
To protect the principles of devotional service to Himself, Lord KRSNa, the
best of the Yadus, accepts the pastime forms that have been glorified here
in the ZrImad-BhAgavatam. One who desires to faithfully serve His lotus feet
should hear of the activities He performs in each of these incarnations -
activities that suitably imitate those of the forms He assumes. Hearing
narrations of these pastimes destroys the reactions to fruitive work.
By regularly hearing, chanting and meditating on the beautiful topics of
Lord Mukunda with ever-increasing sincerity, a mortal being will attain the
divine kingdom of the Lord, where the inviolable power of death holds no
sway. For this purpose, many persons, including great kings, abandoned their
mundane homes and took to the forest.
A person who with faith engages in chanting the glories of these various
pastimes and incarnations of ViSNu, the Lord of lords, will gain liberation
from all sins.
The all-auspicious exploits of the all-attractive incarnations of Lord ZrI
KRSNa, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and also the pastimes He
performed as a child, are described in this ZrImad-BhAgavatam and in other
scriptures. Anyone who clearly chants these descriptions of His pastimes
will attain transcendental loving service unto Lord KRSNa, who is the goal
of all perfect sages.