iti nandadayo gopah
kurvanto ramamanas ca
iti—in this way; nanda-adayah—all the cowherd men, headed by Nanda Maharaja; gopah—cowherd men; krsna-rama-katham—narration of incidents in connection with Bhagavan Krsna and Rama; muda—in great transcendental pleasure; kurvantah—doing that; ramamanah ca—enjoyed life and increased their affection for Krsna; na—not; avindan—perceived; bhava-vedanam—the tribulations of material existence.
In this way all the cowherd men, headed by Nanda Maharaja, enjoyed topics about the pastimes of Krsna and Balarama with great transcendental pleasure, and they could not even perceive material tribulations.
Here is an instruction about the result of studying or discussing the krsna-lilas that appear in Srimad-Bhagavatam. Sadyo hrdy avarudhyate ’tra krtibhih susrusubhis tat-ksanat (Bhag. 1.1.2). Nanda Maharaja and Yasoda in Vrndavana appeared like ordinary persons of this material world, but they never felt the tribulations of this world, although they sometimes met many dangerous situations created by the demons. This is a practical example. If we follow in the footsteps of Nanda Maharaja and the gopas, we can all be happy simply by discussing the activities of Krsna.
Vyasadeva has given this literature so that everyone may understand one’s transcendental position simply by discussing bhagavata-katha. Even at the present moment, everyone everywhere can be happy and free from material tribulations by following Srimad-Bhagavatam. There is no need of austerities and penances, which in this age are very difficult to perform. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu has therefore declared, sarvatma-snapanam param vijayate sri-krsna-sankirtanam. By our Krsna consciousness movement, we are trying to distribute Srimad-Bhagavatam so that anyone in any part of the world can be absorbed in the Krsna consciousness movement by chanting and hearing about the activities of Krsna and be free from all material tribulations.
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