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CaptionWhen Pariksit Maharaja heard that he would die in seven days due to the brahmana boy's curse, he made up his mind to sit at the bank of the Ganges, fast for the remainder of his life, and concentrate his mind in Krishna consciousness. He thus took up the vows of a sage. At that time, all the great-minded sages, understanding the importance of the occasion, arrived there to meet Maharaja Pariksit. Maharaja Pariksit stood before them humbly with folded hands, and told them of his decision to fast until death. All the great sages praised the decision of Maharaja Pariksit, and decided to wait there with him until he reached the supreme planet. Then, the son of Vyasadeva, Sukadeva Goswami, appeared there. Sukadeva Goswami was only sixteen and his beautiful blackish complexion resembled that of Lord Krishna. The great sage Sukadeva Goswami was certainly inspired by Lord Krishna to appear before Maharaja Pariksit, and give him the teachings of Srimad Bhagavatam. The spiritual master is the manifested representative of the Supreme Lord. Maharaja Pariksit bowed before him, glorified him and politely inquired from him what he should do. Thus he approached Sukadeva Goswami as his spiritual master. Maharaja Pariksit inquired, "Please let me know what a man should hear, chant, remember and worship, and also what he should not do. Please explain all this to me."
-Excerpt from Srimad Bhagavatam 1.19.38

Painted in 1984.
HeadlineKing Pariksit Accepts Sukadeva Goswami as His Spiritual Master
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