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Is there some verse in the Bhagavatam which states that the Bhagavatam reciter must be a very qualified person?

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Conversations and Morning Walks

1977 Conversations and Morning Walks

Yes. Svarūpa Dāmodara said, "You read Bhāgavata from a person who's life is Bhāgavata." Bhāgavata paḍa giyā bhāgavata sthāne.(?) In Rādhā-Dāmodara temple one brāhmaṇa was reading Bhāgavatam daily as a meeting.(?) For half an hour. And half a dozen woman would sit down. (break).


Morning Conversation -- April 11, 1977, Bombay:

Prabhupāda: These can be distributed to the devotees. Today I have explained the Bhāgavatam, prāṇu-mānāya: how this bodily concept of life is dangerous. These things they do not know. Leaders, big, big papers, big, big propaganda. What is the purpose of life and how dangerous this civilization is, bodily concept of life, they do not know. Bhagavad-gītā begins when they understand that, "You are not this body." The whole subject matter is on that soul, the whole Bhagavad-gītā. Bhojendra-gehe 'gni-śikheva ruddhā, sarasvatī jñāna-khale yathā satī (SB 10.2.19). I see Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, so exalted knowledge and so beautifully literary presented. Śrīmat. Śrīmat means beautiful. Throughout the whole world, you won't find any literature. This is India's fortune, and they are keeping it packed up. Jñāna-khaleṣu. Jñāna-khala means envious. You have got some knowledge, but you are envious; you don't want to distribute to anyone. They are called jñāna-khala.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Jñāna-khala. One who keeps knowledge to himself.

Prabhupāda: Monopoly. They are called jñāna-khala. But real jñānī means if you have got some knowledge, you should daily distribute it.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Śravaṇaṁ kīrtanam.

Prabhupāda: No, any knowledge. Just like modern scientists, they do. When they discover something, they give it; they go from university to university. Whatever . . . they may be wrong. They want to give it. That is the way. In India such vast knowledge, it is kept for professional Bhāgavatam readers. How much harm they have done! Some professional Bhāgavatam readers, it is their property. And they will gather some women and talk of rāsa-līlā and Bhāgavatam reading. Some lazy old men, some woman, they will gather and sit down with their grammar. Karma-kāṇḍa, so that his material position will be better off. And the reciter will gather so many dozens of food(?) and umbrella and cloth, and take it away and sell it in the market, and employ it for his son's marriage, daughter's marriage . . . (indistinct) . . . and this is Bhāgavatam. This is going on.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Is there some verse in the Bhāgavatam which states that the Bhāgavatam reciter must be a very qualified person?

Prabhupāda: Yes. Svarūpa Dāmodara said, "You read Bhāgavatam from a person who's life is Bhāgavatam." Bhāgavata paḍa giyā bhāgavata sthāne. In Rādhā-Dāmodara temple one brāhmaṇa was reading Bhāgavatam daily as a meeting, for half an hour. And half a dozen woman would sit down. (break)

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: ". . . we will anxiously await a report on . . ."

Prabhupāda: No, what is the trustees?

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: The BBT trustees means of the different publishing arms of the BBT. French trustee is Bhagavān . . .

Prabhupāda: Oh, BBT.