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Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 5.19.10
taḿ bhagavān nārado varṇāśramavatībhir bhāratībhiḥ prajābhir bhagavat-proktābhyāḿ sāńkhya-yogābhyāḿ bhagavad-anubhāvopavarṇanaḿ sāvarṇer upadekṣyamāṇaḥ parama-bhakti-bhāvenopasarati idaḿ cābhigṛṇāti
tam — Him (Nara-Nārāyaṇa); bhagavān — the most powerful saintly person; nāradaḥ — the great sage Nārada; varṇa-āśrama-vatībhiḥ — by followers of the institution of the four varṇas and four āśramas; bhāratībhiḥ — of the land known as Bhārata-varṣa (India); prajābhiḥ — who are the inhabitants; bhagavat-proktābhyām — which was stated by the Supreme Personality of Godhead; sāńkhya — by the sāńkhya-yoga system (the analytical study of material conditions); yogābhyām — by practice of the yoga system; bhagavat-anubhāva-upavarṇanam — which describes the process of God realization; sāvarṇeḥ — unto Sāvarṇi Manu; upadekṣyamāṇaḥ — instructing; parama-bhakti-bhāvena — in greatly ecstatic loving service to the Lord; upasarati — serves the Lord; idam — this; ca — and; abhigṛṇāti — chants.
In his own book, known as Nārada Pañcarātra, Bhagavān Nārada has very vividly described how to work to achieve the ultimate goal of life — devotion — through knowledge and through execution of the mystic yoga system. He has also described the glories of the Lord, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The great sage Nārada instructed the tenets of this transcendental literature to Sāvarṇi Manu in order to teach those inhabitants of Bhārata-varṣa who strictly follow the principles of varṇāśrama-dharma how to achieve the devotional service of the Lord. Thus Nārada Muni, along with the other inhabitants of Bhārata-varṣa, always engages in the service of Nara-Nārāyaṇa, and he chants as follows.
Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu has clearly declared:
bhārata-bhūmite haila manuṣya-janma yāra
janma sārthaka kari' kara para-upakāra
[Cc. Ādi 9.41]
The real success or fulfillment of the mission of human life can be achieved in India, Bhārata-varṣa, because in Bhārata-varṣa the purpose of life and the method for achieving success are evident. People should take advantage of the opportunity afforded by Bhārata-varṣa, and this is especially so for those who are following the principles of varṇāśrama-dharma. If we do not take to the principles of varṇāśrama-dharma by accepting the four social orders (brāhmaṇa, kṣatriya, vaiśya and śūdra) and the four orders of spiritual life (brahmacārī, gṛhastha, vānaprastha and sannyāsa), there can be no question of success in life. Unfortunately, because of the influence of Kali-yuga, everything is now being lost. The inhabitants of Bhārata-varṣa are gradually becoming degraded mlecchas and yavanas. How then will they teach others? Therefore, this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement has been started not only for the inhabitants of Bhārata-varṣa but for all the people of the world, as announced by Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu. There is still time, and if the inhabitants of Bhārata-varṣa take this movement of Kṛṣṇa consciousness seriously, the entire world will be saved from gliding down to a hellish condition. The Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement follows the process of pañcarātrika-vidhi and that of bhāgavata-vidhi simultaneously, so that people can take advantage of the movement and make their lives successful.
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