Dr. C. Sivaramamurthy
Srimad Bhagavata is a bhakti scripture par excellence which enjoys universal popularity.Conceived in a moment of inspiration, invoked by the blessings of all-graceful Lord Narayana, Srimad Bhagavatam is truely unique in its beauty, charm, diction, philosophyand hold on human minds. During the ceremonial or festivity knoown as SrimadBhagavata Sapthaham, the whole purana is read within a period of seven days with greatdevotion.An extraordinary galaxy of devotees are exhibited in such a manner in this purana thatthey steal over the heart and exercise a haunting charm. Ajamila, the sinner redeemed bythe Lord's name, those child devotees Prahalada and Dhruva, the poor friend Kuchela, thestarving king Rantideva -- such narrations are many. Equally important is the story of thetusker who was saved from the crocodile by Vishnu who rushed to save this devotee. Heis the Lord of mercy; His Kshirasagara (Milky ocean) is Karuna Sagara (Ocean of compassion).Gajendra Moksham is one of the most famous exploits of Vishnu in Srimad Bhagavatam.A recitation of this episode early in the morning has great immortal powers like therecitation of the sacred hymn Sri Vishnu Sahasranama. There is no disaster from which,the mighty and the compassionate Lord would not protect the devotees, that with faithand devotion remember His feet as their refuge.Sri Parasara Bhattar in his famous commentary on Sri Vishnu Sahasranama popularlyknown as 'Bhagavatguna Darpana' faithfully reflects the greatness and grandeur of theLord's traits. He has classified the names beginning from 'Sabdasahah' (912) to'Ruchirangadah' (945) as Gajendra Moksha.The episode in Srimad Bhagavatam is narrated here along with Sri Bhattar's commentaryon these Namas.Let Lord Varada one who confers boons who is more famous as Karivarada protect us all.
The Elephant and the Crocodile
Once a lordly elephant, leader of a herd, inhabiting that mountainous forest, roamed withhis retinue of female ones, breaking through trees, bamboo clusters and clumps of cane.By the mere odour of animal, even lions and tigers not to talk of the elephants, hyenas,rhinos, pythons, sarabhas, yaks, wolves, boars, bisons, bears, porcupines, baboons, jackals, monkeys, all ran away in fear, while the weaker ones like the deer and the haresmoved about joyously by the protective presence of that very animal. (20-22).