gadato nigamam mama
daksayanah—O sons of Prajapati Daksa; samsrnuta—please hear with attention; gadatah—who am speaking; nigamam—instruction; mama—my; anvicchata—follow; anupadavim—the path; bhratrnam—of your brothers; bhratr-vatsalah—O you who are very much affectionate to your brothers.
O sons of Daksa, please hear my words of instruction attentively. You are all very affectionate to your elder brothers, the Haryasvas. Therefore you should follow their path.
Narada Muni encouraged Prajapati Daksa’s second group of sons by awakening their natural affinity for their brothers. He urged them to follow their older brothers if they were at all affectionate toward them. Family affection is very strong, and therefore Narada Muni followed this tactic of reminding them of their family relationship with the Haryasvas. Generally the word nigama refers to the Vedas, but here nigama refers to the instructions contained in the Vedas. Srimad-Bhagavatam says, nigama-kalpa-taror galitam phalam: [SB 1.1.3] the Vedic instructions are like a tree, of which Srimad-Bhagavatam is the ripened fruit. Narada Muni is engaged in distributing this fruit, and therefore he instructed Vyasadeva to write this Maha-Purana, Srimad-Bhagavatam, for the benefit of ignorant human society.
“The material miseries of the living entity, which are superfluous to him, can be directly mitigated by the linking process of devotional service. But the mass of people do not know this, and therefore the learned Vyasadeva compiled this Vedic literature, which is in relation to the Supreme Truth.” (Bhag. 1.7.6) People are suffering because of ignorance and are following a wrong path for happiness. This is called anartha. These material activities will never make them happy, and therefore Narada instructed Vyasadeva to record the instructions of Srimad-Bhagavatam. Vyasadeva actually followed Narada and did this. Srimad-Bhagavatam is the supreme instruction of the Vedas. Galitam phalam: the ripened fruit of the Vedas is Srimad-Bhagavatam.
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