martyas tayanusavam edhitaya mukunda
tad dhama dustara-krtanta-javapavargam
gramad vanam ksiti-bhujo ’pi yayur yad-arthah
By regularly hearing, chanting and meditating on the beautiful topics of Lord Mukunda with ever-increasing sincerity, a mortal being will attain the divine kingdom of the Lord, where the inviolable power of death holds no sway. For this purpose, many persons, including great kings, abandoned their mundane homes and took to the forest.
For the Srimad-Bhagavatam’s Tenth Canto, this verse is the phala-sruti, the promise of success given to one who hears it. The process of devotional service begins with hearing topics about the Supreme Lord. When one has heard these topics properly, he can then proceed to chant them for others’ benefit and reflect on their significance. This leads to faithful adherence to the principles of devotional service, which culminates in absolute faith in Lord Krsna. Such perfect faith gives one the right to enter the Lord’s intimate service and, in due course of time, return to one’s eternal, spiritual life in one of the Lord’s personal domains.
Humbly offering his comments on the Tenth Canto at the lotus feet of his worshipable Lord, Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti prays:
mad-gavir api gopalah
svi-kuryat krpaya yadi
tadaivasam payah pitva
hrsyeyus tat-priya janah
“If Lord Gopala mercifully accepts the cows of my words, then His dear devotees may enjoy the pleasure of drinking their milk — the nectar produced by hearing them.”
Thus end the purports of the humble servants of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada to the Tenth Canto, Ninetieth Chapter, of the Srimad-Bhagavatam, entitled “Summary of Lord Krsna’s Glories.”
The Tenth Canto of Srimad-Bhagavatam was completed on December 27, 1988, the anniversary of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura’s disappearance.