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September 11, 2017

In the Padma Purana it is described that after Krishna departed, Srimad Bhagavatam appeared. Just like when the sun sets on the western horizon, the moon may appear on the eastern horizon in due course of time. When the full moon shines as brilliantly as the sun but gives cooling and soothing rays, as opposed to the hot scorching rays of the sun, this is like the appearance of Srimad Bhagavatam. When Krishna appeared, vināśāya ca duṣkṛm (BG 4.8), He annihilated the population of miscreant kings on the earth and He established principles of dharma by teaching Bhagavad-gita. In contrast, rather than annihilating the miscreants population like the heart the sun, the soothing and cooling moon-like rays of Srimad Bhagavatam remove the demoniac propensities from within the heart of the reader of Srimad Bhagavatam and awaken their natural loving propensity. Janatāgha-viplavo (SB 1.5.11), the tendencies towards sinful life are eliminated by yasmin prati-ślokam abaddhavaty api (SB 1.5.11), the wonderful verses of Srimad Bhagavatam.

Adapted from a lecture by HH Romapada Swami entitled 6 Questions 6 Answers Part 1, Seattle November 2010