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SB 1.7 - Śrīmad Bhāgavatam - the Post graduate study

Śaunaka asked Sūta why Śuka took the trouble to undergo the study of such a vast literature, when he was already an ātmārāma on the path of self realization. The highest perfection of life is to cease from material activities and be fixed on the path of self realization. Those who are indifferent to material enjoyment and take pleasure in the self are called ātmārāmas. Śuka was one and still he was attracted to Bhāgavatam, which shows that it is a post graduate study even for the ātmārāmas. Although Vyāsa wanted Śuka to hear Bhāgavatam, Śuka left home immediately after his birth. Vyāsadeva then sent Śuka two exquisite Bhāgavatam verses SB 3.2.23 and 10.21.5 thru messengers. These verses respectively describe Kṛṣṇa’s compassion and beauty, and they so captivated Śuka’s mind that he returned home, enticed by a desire to hear the Bhāgavatam.