Sukadeva Goswami: The Narrator of Srimad Bhagavatam
Who is Sukadev Goswami?!
He is the narrator of Srimad Bhagavatam. Srila Vyasadev composed Srimad Bahgavatam. Then who is Sukadev Goswami and how he knew Srimad Bhagavatam? Let us know the interesting saga of Sukadev Goswami in this article.
Sukadev Goswami in the Womb
In the Brahma vaiavarta purana there is description of life of Vyasadev. Srila Vyasadev married the daughter of Jabali. They performed austerities for so many years. Then when they a conceived child, the child remained in the womb of his mother for 12 years. This child was Sukadev Goswami. The child did not like to come out of the womb because he did not want to be contaminated by external energy of the Lord. The child addressed this to his father Vyasadev from the womb. Then Vyasadev carefully instructed whole Srimad Bhagavatam to him while he was still in the womb of his mother.
Vyasadev became worried as it was already 12 years past the child being in womb. He went to Dwaraka to inform his condition to Lord Krishna. He requested Lord Krishna to come to his home to talk to the child. Lord Krishna assured the child that he will never be influenced by maya. Then Sukadev Goswami came out of the womb and just left the place. He was already grown up as young child. He began to wander as parivrajakacharya. When his father became aggrieved of his separation he created his duplicate who lived as son of Srila Vyasadev.
Sukadev Goswami: Aloof of Material Desires
Once when Sukadev Goswami was passing into the groves he passed a place where some beautiful young girls were bathing. Although Sukadev Goswami was naked he could not have any attention towards these girls. But when Vyasadev followed him all the girls immediately covered themselves. This was because he was aloof of maya and therefore he appeared to them just as an infant child. This showed that Sukadev Goswami was never affected with material energy of Lord.
Sukadev Goswami became expert in Srimad Bhagavatam in just 16 years. When he came to know about King Parikshit and the curse by brahmana son, he went to the sages assembled there. Then he began his narration of Srimad Bhagavatam to King Parikshit and thus Srimad Bhagavatam was known to the people of world.