“In Sanskrit the parrot is also known as shuka. When a ripened fruit is cut by the red beaks of such birds, its sweet flavor is enhanced. The Vedic fruit which is mature and ripe in knowledge is spoken through the lips of Shrila Shukadeva Gosvami, who is compared to the parrot not for his ability to recite the Bhagavatam exactly as he heard it from his learned father, but for his ability to present the work in a manner that would appeal to all classes of men.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Shrimad Bhagavatam, 1.1.3 Purport)
Friend1: You ever meet people who have verses from the Bhagavad-gita memorized?
Friend2: Just a few or many?
Friend1: It doesn’t matter. Say they know four or five verses. They can recite them when called upon.
Friend2: Who is calling? Is it in the context of a larger discussion…
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