All of those who are eager to know the answer, consider yourself travelling in the same boat as King Janamejaya was . HH Chinna Jeeyar Swamy, on his introductory speech on the 9th day of Sapthaham in Jagithayala, enlightened the crowd about the lesser known facts about Bhagavatham.

When King Janamejaya was summoned by Maharshi Vaisampayana, the king asked his guru to talk about enlightening stories of Lord Narayana. When he said there are about 24000 slokas in Ramayana and 125000 slokas, over all 149000 when put together, the king started evading the meeting. Not withstanding the elusive behaviour of the king, the Guru convinced him that he would tell him entire bhagavatham in less than 2 seconds, the king became curious. The guru promptly uttered

डुअ मूद पुरुष लोकेस्मिन् (Duaw Mooda Purusha Lokesmin)? Who are the vilest men in the history of mankind?

The king instantly turns curious and asks him who they are. Answering him the guru replies, it is Duryodhana and Dhasakhanta and falls silent saying he has finished preaching him Bhagavatham. Impatient to know more the king goes about asking a web of questions and thus starts the saga of Bhagavatham. One can see the ingenious way the Guru brought about the attention of this elusive disciple. Swamiji attributed this virtue to Sri Nambi Venugopalaswamy, the Bhagavatha guru of the Saptaham being held in Jagithyala, Telangana.

EkaBhaktha and Dwibhaktha

And thus Maharshi Vaisampayana finishes preaching the entire Bhagavatha, Ramayanam to King Janamejaya who in turn listens to the entire saga, spell bound. After the preach, the guru with a pique of teacher who likes to find out what his disciple learned from the all the knowledge departure, asks Janamejaya what he was able to obtain of the Dharma, Artha, Kama , Mokshas from the story, to which janamejaya replies saying he didn’t listen for any of the above, but listened for the wholesomeness of it.

Janamejaya was so lost in entire narration that he thought of nothing. He replies to guru saying

पुरुषथोहं येमैकः: यतः कथा श्रवणं हरेः : He wanted nothing out of it, but he wanted that alone.

Swamiji highlights this very aspect of devotees. He talked about two kinds of devotees, Ekabhakth and Dwibhakth. Ekabhaktha are the ones who are interested only in Him like Janamejaya. While Dwibhakth are interested more in what He gives than Him. Like how Andal says, Unna Arithithu Vandham(we do not want anything from the Vratham, but You swami)

Swami says that in order to gain Moksham, one need not always perform Mighty Yagnam , Dhanam or any other humongous tasks, but just listen to the story of Lord Hari.

यतः कथा श्रवणं हरे: (Listen to story of Hari )श्रवणं मोक्ष: (Listening is the path to liberation)

Swamiji further states that one needs to completely surrender himself in their pursuit. अकिञ्चन: अनन्यगथि: (A complete Surrender) to the Narayana will be bestowed with Bhagavath Kripa.

  -From the teachings of Sri Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamy

Source: Varija News