Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
It is said that one should live on the lines of Dharma but at the same time it is also said that the Dharma is subtle ('sukshma'). Dharma is of two kinds - Bhagavata Dharma and Vaidika Dharma. Only a few are eligible to follow ('adhikãriis') Vaidika Dharma, as it contains various stringent regulations, while all are eligible to follow ('adhikãriis') for Bhagavata Dharma!
We speak of reforms. Don't we? Today this term 'Reform' is so commonly being uttered. If we look at what the term 'Reform' means, we find the modern philosophers ('naveena vãdhi') calling any practice that has been in vogue for a long time to be wrong and bringing about a change in it as 'Reform'!
Bhagavata Dharma is a reformation measure indeed!
What is the reason to say so?
It says, 'Worship of Rama will suffice. Why do you worship anyone else? There is no need for pilgrimage to any Holy Place ('kshetra yãtra') or a dip in any Holy River ('teerta yãtra'); Well! Why worship even Lord Rama? It is enough if you worship a Bhagavata!
Or just utter 'Rama'/'Krishna' in your own place. One who performs Namakirtan has no caste, creed or religion.' Thus speaks Bhagavata Dharma.
Bhagavata Dharma opens the door for all. In this there does not exist the difference on the basis of religion, caste or creed. Even while saying 'Samacharana sarojam' of Panduranga it is only an expression of external feeling. If we take Panduranga Bhaktas we find that Sena Nayi was a barber, Gora Kumbha was a potter, Nãmdev was a tailor, Rahidas was a cobbler. But all of them were indeed Panduranga Bhaktas. Lord Panduranga was 'Pratyaksha' (to be seen as we see each other) to all of them. Panduranga speaks with all of them. Therefore, all are entitled to follow Bhagavata Dharma. It is a Dharma that opens the door for all.
In Kali Yuga it is the primary Dharma ('Pratyega Dharma). Well! Now we know that this (Bhagavata Dharma) is the best ('sreshta') path for Kali Yuga.