in a holy place in the forest of Naimisaranya, great sages
headed by the sage Saunaka assembled to perform a great
thousand-year sacrifice for the satisfaction of the Lord and His
PURPORT: The prelude of the Srimad-Bhagavatam was spoken in the
previous three slokas. Now the main topic of this great
literature is being presented. Srimad-Bhagavatam, after its
first recitation by Srila Sukadeva Gosvami, was repeated for the
second time at Naimisaranya.
In the Vayaviya Tantra, it is said that Brahma, the engineer of
this particular universe, contemplated a great wheel which could
enclose the universe. The hub of this great circle was fixed at
a particular place known as Naimisaranya. Similarly, there is
another reference to the forest of Naimisaranya in the Varaha
Purana, where it is stated that by performance of sacrifice at
this place, the strength of demoniac people is curtailed.
[Note: It is curbed down in the Delhi Bhagavatam] Thus brahmanas
prefer Naimisaranya for such sacrificial performances.
The devotees of Lord Visnu offer all kinds of sacrifices for His
pleasure. The devotees are always attached to the service of the
Lord, whereas fallen souls are attached to the pleasures of
material existence. In Bhagavad-gita, it is said that anything
performed in the material world for any reason other than for
the pleasure of Lord Visnu causes further bondage for the
performer. It is enjoined therefore that all acts must be
performed sacrificially for the satisfaction of Visnu and His
devotees. This will bring everyone peace and prosperity.
The great sages are always anxious to do good to the people in
general, and as such the sages headed by Saunaka and others
assembled at this holy place of Naimisaranya with a program of
performing a great and continuous chain of sacrificial
ceremonies. Forgetful men do not know the right path for peace
and prosperity. However, the sages know it well, and therefore
for the good of all men they are always anxious to perform acts
which may bring about peace in the world. They are sincere
friends to all living entities, and at the risk of great
personal inconvenience they are always engaged in the service of
the Lord for the good of all people. Lord Visnu is just like a
great tree, and all others, including the demigods, men, Siddhas,
Caranas, Vidyadharas and other living entities, are like
branches, twigs and leaves of that tree. By pouring water on the
root of the tree, all the parts of the tree are automatically
nourished. Only those branches and leaves which are detached
cannot be so satisfied. Detached branches and leaves dry up
gradually despite all watering attempts. Similarly, human
society, when it is detached from the Personality of Godhead
like detached branches and leaves, is not capable of being
watered, and one attempting to do so is simply wasting his
energy and resources.
The modern materialistic society is detached from its relation
to the Supreme Lord. And all its plans which are being made by
atheistic leaders are sure to be baffled at every step. Yet they
do not wake up to this.
In this age, the congregational chanting of the holy names of
the Lord is the prescribed method for waking up. The ways and
means are most scientifically presented by Lord Sri Caitanya
Mahaprabhu, and intelligent persons may take advantage of His
teachings in order to bring about real peace and prosperity.
Srimad-Bhagavatam is also presented for the same purpose, and
this will be explained more specifically later in the text.