Sravana Yagna

Parikshit is willing to accept whatever punishment is due to
him for his inadvertent sin of insulting a pious sage even
before he is aware of the curse of the sage’s son that he would die of serpent bite in seven days’ time. His sense of
discrimination makes him realise that both this world and
the next are trifling and hence fit to be renounced. He retires to the banks of the Ganga and undertakes a fast unto death.

Many sages have assembled to be with him during this
period.This is the preamble for the “Sravana Yagna” wherein Parikshit is fortunate to hear the recital of the Bhagavata Purana from the enlightened sage Suka who reaches this assembly at the appropriate moment, said Swami Paramasukananda in a lecture.  

Sage Suka, son of Vyasa, represents a realised soul who is
merged in the bliss of the Atman and lives a life of an
Avadhuta. He is used to wandering and neither seeks nor
depends on anything external. He is not attached to any
caste or insignia and is steeped in the Nirguna Upasana of
the Supreme Brahman. But he tells Parikshit how he has
been drawn towards Saguna Upasana and has been attracted by the auspicious qualities of the Lord. It is said that once he  was greatly moved when he chanced to hear a verse from the  tenth canto of the Bhagavata Purana describing the beauty of  Krishna. Realising that his father is the composer, he asked  Vyasa to impart this to him. Destiny brings Suka to Parikshit at this moment, so that this recital takes place under propitious circumstances and the sage clears many of the king’s doubts on spiritual matters. Listening to the glory of the Lord is the panacea for anyone who faces imminent death.