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Srimad Bhagavata Mahatmyam (Chapters 1 to 3)

Srimad Bhagavata Mahatmyam (Chapters 1 to 3)

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This document includes the story as told in chapters 1 to 3 of the Srimad Bhagavata Mahatmyam from Padma Purana. I will update this later as I add the stories from chapters 4 to 6. This document is being compiled as I continue to read one chapter daily, a process that began on Nov 15, 2013, with the blessings of our Divine Sadgurus and Krishna's Immense Grace and Compassion.
This document includes the story as told in chapters 1 to 3 of the Srimad Bhagavata Mahatmyam from Padma Purana. I will update this later as I add the stories from chapters 4 to 6. This document is being compiled as I continue to read one chapter daily, a process that began on Nov 15, 2013, with the blessings of our Divine Sadgurus and Krishna's Immense Grace and Compassion.

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SRIMAD BHAGAVATA MAHATMYAM
(STORIES ON GLORIES OF THE SRIMAD BHAGAVATAM)
This document is a compilation of all my Facebook posts on Srimad Bhagavatam. Following the recently concluded Srimad Bhagavata Katha Saptah discourses (Oct 31
Nov 6, 2013) by Sri Ramanujamji, disciple of His Holiness Sri Sri Muralidhara Swami, and with the blessings of all of our poorvaacaryas and sadgurus, and the Immense Compassion and Grace of Sri Krishna, I made the sankalpam (vow) to read one chapter of Srimad Bhagavatam each day. The following represents my humble effort to present the story in each chapter, on a daily basis, as I continue this parayanam, which began on November 15, 2013.
Sri Ramanujamji delivering the Bhagavata Katha discourses at Sri Balaji Temple
SAMVATSARA (VAARSHIKA) BHAGAVATA PARAYANAM
 Immediately following the completion of the Bhagavata parayanam (from Oct 30 to Nov 13, 2013), I felt like I must do what I was told by Sri Ramanujamji when I met him for the first time (and had the blessings of a private audience) during his
 
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Bhagavata Katha discourses in 2012 - do the daily parayanam, one chapter (adhyaayam) a day. With the divine blessings of the Sadgurus and Krishna's immense grace and compassion, I initiated this parayanam today (Nov 15, 2013). The sankalpam was made as Lord Venkateswara was getting ready for His Thirukalyana Utsavam tomorrow. Our guest priest, Varadaraja Bhattar from Pittsburgh SV Temple blessed the grantham and recited the sankalpam mantras for me. I finished reading chapter one of the Srimad Bhagavata Mahatmyam today. The glories of Srimad Bhagavatam are described in the Mahatmyam. The story as told in chapter one is about the celestial rishi Narada's meeting with Bhakti. Once, Narada came to visit Bhuloka (the earth) and found that dharma had all but disappeared. He traveled all over, to many holy places, and found adharma on the rise. Then he came to the banks of the river Yamuna, where Krishna had  performed His divine lilas. There he met a young woman, who was shedding tears  profusely and overcome by sorrow. Beside her were two very old looking men, who seemed to be practically dead. Narada was intrigued by this sight. The lady in sorrow was also surrounded by other women, who seemed to be her attendants. When Narada spoke to her she said, "I am Bhakti and these here are my two sons, Jnana and Vairaagya. They have become old and practically dead but I am still young. How is this possible, O great sage? Can you tell me the reason? Can you help me?"  Narada immediately vowed to restore Bhakti to her former glory. He started chanting the Vedas, the Bhagavad Gita and the Vishnu Sahasranamam. But all to no avail. Then he heard a voice from the sky which said, "Jnana and Vairaagya will  be revived if you perform one pious act." However, the voice did not say what  pious act. Narada was perplexed and went from one holy place to another enquiring from all the sages what "one pious act" he needs to perform. Then he met the four Kumaras, the mind-born sons of Brahma, who are known as the Sanatkumaras. They are forever young, like five year olds, and travel all over like little boys, running around naked. However, they were self-realized souls who actually refused to enter into family life when Brahma ordered them to do so. Instead they opted the life of sanyasis. The story continues in chapter two. The Sanatkumaras obviously provide Narada
 
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with the solution and tell him about the "one pious act" that he must perform. Hare Raama Hare Raama Raama Raama Hare Hare l Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare ll Sadguru Maharaj ki Jai. Hari Bol. Gopikaa jeevana smarNam Govinda Govinda.
 
 
Radha Akkoor   Now we also get to read with you. Baaghavatha sambhandham
 
Ourgitapage Yes, that will be the perfect sambandham! Please do and post here as well. Like · Reply ·  November 16 at 3:13pm via mobile 
 
Ourgitapage Please see link here for an English translation of the Bhagavata Mahatmyam story as told in chapter one. http://nitaaiveda.com/... 
 nitaaiveda.com We offer our humble obeisances unto Lord Shri Krishna, whose transcendental form...See More Like · Reply · Remove Preview ·  November 16 at 3:36am 

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