What is Bhagavat?

Prabhupad describes that Bhagavad-gita means spoken by Krishna and Srimad-Bhagavatam means spoken about Krishna. So by hearing the glories of Krishna, by hearing the Lord’s… glories of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, we can actually forget about all the sufferings. Our mind no longer is tuned in to all those sufferings of this material world. Rather it is tuned in directly to that eternal bliss coming from the spiritual world. So we simply have to decide where we want to tune in to? And when we see that we are getting static, we are tuned in to the wrong channel, and we see that our mind starts to become disturbed, starts to become in a impatient… impatient state, if we start to become impatient to again hear for more discussions about Krishna, impatient to hear more about devotional service, well, that’s a very good sign. In fact that is the beginning of spiritual life.

dharmah svanusthitah pumsam

visvaksena-kathasu yah

notpadayed yadi ratim

srama eva hi kevalam

When we start to become eager to hear about Krishna, eager to hear about how we can render devotional service, that means that our spiritual life is in a proper position. And if we are not eager, if we are not desirous, if that taste is not yet developed, that means that we are still in a most neophyte stage.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami maharaj

28th March 1983, Gaura Purnima SB class @ Mayapur