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Question: How can we inspire new people who took Bhagavatam sets to read them as they say it is overwhelming? Can you share about your reading of the Bhagavatam?

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Jayapataka Swami: How to inspire the people to read the Srimad Bhagavatam?  You could tell the glories of the Bhagavatam, or you can read with them and it says that reading sastra with someone else is a better way to study. If people have read the Bhagavad-gita then it may be natural to read the Srimad Bhagavatam. How when Srinivas Acarya went to Gadadhara Pandit and asked Him to teach the Srimad Bhagavatam, then Gadadhara Pandit showed His, at that time it was handwritten Bhagavatam on palm leaves, so He showed His palm leaves Srimad Bhagavatam, was washed out with tears of love! TEARS OF LOVE! So it was illegible. So He said, I cannot teach you because My Bhagavatam has been wiped out with tears of love! So those days Srinivas Acarya went back to Navadvip and pandits wrote, handwrote the whole Bhagavatam, 18000 verses and bring that back to Jagannath Puri. Unfortunately, Gadadhara Prabhu had just left the world! So that is a whole another story! How the Bhagavatam, by telling these pastimes of the Lord’s avatars, they are completely purifying. Not only does one get purified from one’s sins but one develops natural affection and natural love for the Supreme Lord. Haribol!