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Chapter Five
Description of the Results of Hearing
Shrimad-Bhagavatam, and the Condition
Of Those Who are Averse to Such Hearing

The Supreme Lord said: O Grandfather Brahma, one should regularly hear the famous Shrimad-Bhagavatam with faith. Know for certain that such hearing is the only means of satisfying Me.

 

One who daily reads Shrimad-Bhagavatam will attain with every syllable the results of giving a brown cow in charity.

 

One who daily reads or hears even a half or a quarter of a verse of Shrimad-Bhagavatam attains the results of giving one thousand cows in charity.

 

My dear son, one who daily reads Shrimad-Bhagavatam with full concentration attains the results of studying the eighteen Puranas.

 

Vaishnavas like Prahlada Maharaja are always present wherever the topics of Shrimad-Bhagavatam are discussed. Those who worship Shrimad-Bhagavatam are beyond the jurisdiction of Kali.

 

Those persons who worship the Vaishnava literature Shrimad-Bhagavatam in their house are freed from all sins and they become worshipable by even the demigods.

 

In the age of Kali, I become very pleased with those who regularly worship Shrimad-Bhagavatam in their house and dance without fear.

 

O My dear son, as long as Shrimad-Bhagavatam is present in one's house, for that long his forefathers consume milk, ghee, honey, and water.

 

One who with devotion gives the gift of Shrimad-Bhagavatam to a Vaishnava resides in My abode for millions of kalpas.

 

One who always worships Shrimad-Bhagavatam in his house satisfies the demigods for the duration of one kalpa.

 

If even a half or a quarter of a verse of Shrimad-Bhagavatam is kept in one's house that is glorious. For what is the need of accumulating thousands of other literatures?

 

In Kali-yuga, one who does not keep Shrimad-Bhagavatam in his house can never be delivered from the control of Yamaraja.

 

In Kali-yuga, how can one be considered a Vaishnava who does not keep Shrimad-Bhagavatam in his house? He is more abominable than a candala.

 

My dear son, lord of the universe. For My pleasure and the pleasure of the Vaishnavas one should keep Shrimad-Bhagavatam with devotion.

 

In Kali-yuga, wherever the auspicious Shrimad-Bhagavatam is recited, I reside, along with all the demigods.

 

My dear son, all the holy rivers, kundas, and lakes, all sacrifices, the seven sacred cities-Ayodhya, Mathura, Maya (Haridvara), Kashi, Kanci, Avanti (Ujjain), and Dvaraka-and all the holy mountains are present where Shrimad-Bhagavatam is discussed.

 

O lord of the universe, one should hear Shrimad-Bhagavatam in order to attain fame, religiosity, victory, freedom from sin, or liberation.

 

By hearing Shrimad-Bhagavatam one becomes religious and he lives a long life, free from disease and all sinful reactions.

 

O lord of the universe, I speak the truth: those who do not hear the topmost literature, Shrimad-Bhagavatam, or do not express happiness after hearing it are kept under Yamaraja's jurisdiction.

 

O My dear son, there is no one more sinful than one who does not go anywhere to hear Shrimad-Bhagavatam, especially on the day of Ekadashi.

 

I reside in the house of one who has kept there a verse, a half verse, or even a quarter of a verse of Shrimad-Bhagavatam.

 

The purity one attains by hearing Shrimad-Bhagavatam cannot be attained by visiting Badarikashrama or taking bath in the confluence at Prayaga.

 

O four-headed Brahma, I go wherever the topics of Shrimad-Bhagavatam are discussed, just as a cow spontaneously follows her calf.

 

I never leave one who enjoys speaking or hearing Shrimad-Bhagavatam. One who does not offer respects after seeing the auspicious Shrimad-Bhagavatam loses the pious credits he accumulated over the past year.

 

I am unlimitedly pleased with one who stands in respect and then offers obeisances upon seeing Shrimad-Bhagavatam.

 

A person who circumambulates Shrimad-Bhagavatam achieves the results of an ashvamedha-yajna with every step. Of this there is no doubt.

 

For one who stands in respect and then offers obeisances upon seeing Shrimad-Bhagavatam, I offer him wealth, wife, children, and devotional service.

 

My dear son, I am controlled by those who worship Shrimad-Bhagavatam with sixteen ingredients and hear Shrimad-Bhagavatam with devotion.

 

O Brahma, O Suvrata, among all types of festivals, the festival of discussing Shrimad-Bhagavatam is the topmost. Those who participate in such festivals for My pleasure and hear Shrimad-Bhagavatam with devotion and those who worship Shrimad-Bhagavatam with cloth, ornaments, flowers, lamp, and incense certainly control Me just as a chaste wife controls her good husband.