I have, today, started work on Volume 2 of the Beautiful Tales of the All-Attractive series (on Śrīmad Bhāgavatam). To celebrate I will share with you the very first draft of the first five verses of Bhāgavatam’s Second Canto.
Śrī Śuka said, “O King, the question you’ve asked is the very best question. Asking it benefits everyone. All the people here who are well versed in spiritual knowledge approve of your question, because it is the brings up the very best topics of discussion.”
King Parīkṣit inquired, “Is it really such a rare question?”
Śuka explained, “Yes, very few people ask such a deep question. Their humanoid minds are completely absorbed in ordinary household affairs, blind to spiritual realities – and they have thousands of mundane topics to discuss. They have no time for anything else! Their nights are wasted in sleep, or for wasting their energy like teenagers. Their days are consumed by the pursuit of financial security, or in bearing the endless burdens of their clans.”
Parīkṣit asked, “Aren’t they concerned about inevitable death?”
Śuka replied, “They believe their unreal body, children and spouse are something like soldiers protecting them from harm. In this insanity, they cannot see the constant destruction visible all around them. So, if you want to be free of fear, avoid their topics of discussion! Instead hear about and speak about Hari: the soul of all, the All-Attractive, the master.”