TEXTS 4–5
sri-rsir uvaca
sadhu prstam maharaja
hares caritam adbhutam
yad bhagavata-mahatmyam
bhagavad-bhakti-vardhanam
giyate paramam punyam
rsibhir naradadibhih
natva krsnaya munaye
kathayisye hareh katham
SYNONYMS
sri-rsih uvaca—the sage Sri Sukadeva Gosvami said; sadhu—excellent; prstam—inquiry; maha-raja—O great King; hareh—of the Supreme Lord, Hari; caritam—activities; adbhutam—wonderful; yat—from which; bhagavata—of the Lord’s devotee (Prahlada); mahatmyam—the glories; bhagavat-bhakti—devotion to the Lord; vardhanam—increasing; giyate—is sung; paramam—foremost; punyam—pious; rsibhih—by the sages; narada-adibhih—headed by Sri Narada Muni; natva—after offering obeisances; krsnaya—to Krsna Dvaipayana Vyasa; munaye—the great sage; kathayisye—I shall narrate; hareh—of Hari; katham—the topics.
TRANSLATION
The great sage Sukadeva Gosvami said: My dear King, you have put before me an excellent question. Discourses concerning the activities of the Lord, in which the glories of His devotees are also found, are extremely pleasing to devotees. Such wonderful topics always counteract the miseries of the materialistic way of life. Therefore great sages like Narada always speak upon Srimad-Bhagavatam because it gives one the facility to hear and chant about the wonderful activities of the Lord. Let me offer my respectful obeisances unto Srila Vyasadeva and then begin describing topics concerning the activities of Lord Hari.
PURPORT
In this verse Sukadeva Gosvami offers his respectful obeisances krsnaya munaye, which means to Krsna Dvaipayana Vyasa. One must first offer one’s respectful obeisances to one’s spiritual master. Sukadeva Gosvami’s spiritual master is his father, Vyasadeva, and therefore he first offers his respectful obeisances to Krsna Dvaipayana Vyasa and then begins describing topics of Lord Hari.
Whenever there is an opportunity to hear about the transcendental activities of the Lord, we must take it. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu recommends, kirtaniyah sada harih: [Cc. adi 17.31] one should always engage in krsna-katha by chanting and talking about Krsna and hearing about Him. That is the only occupation of a Krsna conscious person.

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