dhanyam yasasyam ayusyam
samyak siddhim abhipsubhih
caturnam karanam param
dhanyam—the source of riches; yasasyam—the source of reputation; ayusyam—the source of an increased span of life; svargyam—the source of elevation to the heavenly planets; kali—of the age of Kali; mala-apaham—decreasing the contamination; dharma—religion; artha—economic development; kama—sense gratification; moksanam—of liberation; samyak—completely; siddhim—perfection; abhipsubhih—by those desiring; sraddhaya—with great respect; etat—this narration; anusravyam—must one hear; caturnam—of the four; karanam—cause; param—ultimate.
By hearing the narration of Prthu Maharaja, one can become great, increase his duration of life, gain promotion to the heavenly planets and counteract the contaminations of this age of Kali. In addition, one can promote the causes of religion, economic development, sense gratification and liberation. Therefore from all sides it is advisable for a materialistic person who is interested in such things to read and hear the narrations of the life and character of Prthu Maharaja.
By reading and hearing the narrations of the life and character of Prthu Maharaja, one naturally becomes a devotee, and as soon as one becomes a devotee, his material desires automatically become fulfilled. Therefore it is recommended in Srimad-Bhagavatam (2.3.10):
If a person wants to return home, back to Godhead, or wants to become a pure devotee (akama), or wants some material prosperity (sakama or sarva-kama), or wants to merge into the existence of the Supreme Brahman effulgence (moksa-kama), he is recommended to take to the path of devotional service and hear and chant of Lord Visnu or of His devotee. This is the sum and substance of all Vedic literatures. Vedais ca sarvair aham eva vedyah (Bg. 15.15). The purpose of Vedic knowledge is to understand Krsna and His devotees. Whenever we speak of Krsna, we refer to His devotees also, for He is not alone. He is never nirvisesa or sunya, without variety, or zero. Krsna is full of variety, and as soon as Krsna is present, there cannot be any question of void.
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