In my reading of Srimad Bhagavatam I was greatly moved by this verse and its purport:
nasta-prayesu abhadresuPrabhupada discusses in his purport about how the word Bhagavat is meant two ways in this verse. For one, Bhagavat refers to the book Srimad Bhagavatam. Secondly, Bhagavat also refers to the devotees of the Lord. Srila Prabhupada talks about how the book Bhagavat is nondifferent from the Bhagavat person (or great devotee). What struck me was this sentence: "The more progress is made in devotional service under the guidance of the Bhagavatas, the more one becomes fixed in transcendental loving service of the Lord. The messages of the book bhagavat, therefore, have to be received from the devotee Bhagavat, and the combination of these two Bhagavatas will help the neophyte devotee to make progress on and on." Once again Srila Prabhupada gives us the recipe for success: Respect and serve the vaisnavas and discuss Lord Krsna. Then, there will be no end to the advancement one makes! JAI! It's a race to the Lord's lotus feet!!! On your marks! Get set! GO!!!
bhaktir bhavati naisthiki
By regular attendance in classes on the Bhagavatam and by the rendering of service to the pure devotee, all that is troublesome to the heart is almost completely destroyed, and loving service unto the Personality of Godhead, who is praised with transcendental songs, is established as an irrevocable fact.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!