Srimad Bhagavatam


The Srimad-Bhagavatam is an epic classic of Sanskrit literature telling of the incarnations and activities of Krishna throughout human history. It was written by Srila Vyasadeva, author of the Vedas, as his own commentary on Vedanta-sutra, the essence of all spiritual knowledge.

Srimad-Bhagavatam is also known as the Bhagavat Purana, one of the eighteen Puranas ("ancient histories") in the Vedic tradition. Its eighteen thousand verses are presented in twelve cantos, or volumes, each of which deals with a specific aspect of transcendental knowledge. The main theme running throughout the Bhagavatam is the science and practice of bhakti-yoga, devotional service to the Supreme Person.

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  • Srimad-Bhagavatam , 1.1.2:

    ". . . this Bhagavata Purana propounds the highest truth, which is understandable by those devotees who are fully pure in heart. The highest truth is reality distinguished from illusion for the welfare of all. Such truth uproots the threefold miseries. This beautiful Bhagavatam, compiled by the great sage Vyasadeva [in his maturity], is sufficient in itself for God realization. What is the need of any other scripture? As soon as one attentively and submissively hears the message of Bhagavatam, by this culture of knowledge the Supreme Lord is established within his heart."

    -Srila Vyasadeva

  • Srimad-Bhagavatam , 1.1.2, Purport:

    "Srimad-Bhagavatam is a personal commentary on the Vedanta-sutra by Sri Vyasadeva. It was written in the maturity of his spiritual life through the mercy of Narada. Sri Vyasadeva is the authorized incarnation of Narayana, the Personality of Godhead. Therefore, there is no question as to his authority. He is the author of all other Vedic literatures, yet he recommends the study of Srimad-Bhagavatam above all others."

    -Srila Prabhupada

  • Srimad-Bhagavatam, 1.3.40:

    "This Srimad-Bhagavatam is the literary incarnation of God, and it is compiled by Srila Vyasadeva, the incarnation of God. It is meant for the ultimate good of all people, and it is all-successful, all-blissful and all-perfect."

    -Suta Goswami

  • Srimad-Bhagavatam , 1.3.43:

    "This Bhagavata Purana is as brilliant as the sun, and it has arisen just after the departure of Lord Krishna to His own abode, accompanied by religion, knowledge, etc. Persons who have lost their vision due to the dense darkness of ignorance in the Age of Kali shall get light from this Purana"

    -Suta Goswami

  • Srimad-Bhagavatam, 1.1.3:

    "O expert and thoughtful men, relish Srimad-Bhagavatam, the mature fruit of the desire tree of Vedic literatures. It emanated from the lips of Sri Sukadeva Gosvami. Therefore this fruit has become even more tasteful, although its nectarean juice was already relishable for all, including liberated souls."

    -Srila Vyasadeva

  • Srimad-Bhagavatam , 1.1.3, Purport:

    ". . . it has been definitely proved that the Srimad-Bhagavatam is the sublime literature which surpasses all other Vedic scriptures due to its transcendental qualities. It is transcendental to all mundane activities and mundane knowledge. In this sloka it is stated that Srimad-Bhagavatam is not only a superior literature but is the ripened fruit of all Vedic literatures. In other words, it is the cream of all Vedic knowledge. Considering all this, patient and submissive hearing is definitely essential. With great respect and attention, one should receive the message and lessons imparted by the Srimad-Bhagavatam."

    -Srila Prabhupada

  • Srimad-Bhagavatam , 1.5.13, Purport:

    ". . .the Vedic literatures, especially the Bhagavad-gita and the Srimad-Bhagavatam, are specifically recommended to suffering humanity to bring about the desired effect of liberation from the pangs of material civilization, which is eating the vital part of human energy. The Bhagavad-gita is the spoken message of the Lord Himself recorded by Vyasadeva, and the Srimad-Bhagavatam is the transcendental narration of the activities of the same Lord Krishna, which alone can satisfy the hankering desires of the living being for eternal peace and liberation from miseries. Srimad-Bhagavatam, therefore, is meant for all the living beings all over the universe for total liberation from all kinds of material bondage."

    -Srila Prabhupada

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