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A Monthly E-Magazine from the Bhaktivedänta Vidyäpéöha with Illuminating Perspectives on the Çrémad-Bhägavatam

Dedicated to
His Divine Grace
A. C. Bhaktivedanta
Swami Prabhupäda,
Founder-Äcärya of the
International Society for
Krishna Consciousness

CONTENTS
The Transcendental Torchlight.......…. 3
Pibata bhägavatam rasam älayam…. 4
Analogy Arena.….................................. 6
Verse of the Month…........................... 7
Seeing Kåñëa in Bhägavatam….......... 7
Bhägavata Praväha…........................... 8
Quiz Corner…..................….................. 9
Pari-praçna…......................................... 10

THE GLORIOUS BHÄGAVATAM
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CURRICULUM STUDY MODELS
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This Çrémad-Bhägavatam will gradually elevate the unbiased reader to
the highest perfectional stage of transcendence. (1.1.1 P)
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THE
TRANSCENDENTAL
TORCHLIGHT

Adhyätma-dépam Blessings of Bhagavän Through Bhägavatam
Ätmä and Paramätmä are within the body, but due to Lord Çré Caitanya Mahäprabhu declared that Çrémad-
the darkness of ignorance in this material existence, Bhägavatam is the spotless sound representation of all
one cannot understand them. Just as in the darkness, Vedic knowledge and history. Çrémad-Bhägavatam is the
one requires a torchlight (dépam) to see, similarly, to literary incarnation of Lord Çré Kåñëa and is therefore
understand the nature of ätmä and Paramätmä, one nondifferent from Him. Çrémad-Bhägavatam should be
needs Çrémad-Bhägavatam, the transcendental worshiped as respectfully as we worship the Lord.
torchlight (adhyätma dépam). Bhägavatam is the Thereby we can derive the ultimate blessings of the
essence of entire Vedic literature (akhila-çruti-säram) Lord through its careful and patient study.
and is spoken by Çukadeva Gosvämé after personally
As God is all light, all bliss and all perfection, so also is
assimilating it (svänubhävam), out of his compassion
(karuëayäha) upon the gross materialists Çrémad-Bhägavatam. We can have all the transcendental
(saàsäriëäà). This powerful torchlight enables the light of the Supreme Brahman, Çré Kåñëa, from the
men of Kaliyuga who lost their vision, to develop recitation of Çrémad-Bhägavatam, provided it is received
proper perspective and to transcend this dark material through the medium of the transparent spiritual master.
Lord Caitanya's private secretary Çréla Svarüpa
existence (atititérñatäm tamo ’ndham). [Based on Çréla
Prabhupäda’s explanations on SB 1.2.3] Dämodara Gosvämé advised all intending visitors who
came to see the Lord at Puré to make a study of the
Jïäna-pradépaù Bhägavatam from the person Bhägavatam. Person
Bhägavatam is the self-realized bona fide spiritual
The incomparable torchlight of knowledge (jïäna-
master, and through him only can one understand the
pradépaù), Çrémad-Bhägavatam, was personally
lessons of Bhägavatam in order to receive the desired
revealed to Brahmä by the Supreme Lord, in the
result. One can derive from the study of the
beginning of creation. Brahmä later spoke it to
Bhägavatam all benefits that are possible to be derived
Närada, who narrated it to Vyäsa, who later revealed
from the personal presence of the Lord. It carries with it
it to Çukadeva Gosvämé, who then mercifully spoke it
all the transcendental blessings of Lord Çré Kåñëa that
to Parékñit. (SB 12.13.19)
we can expect from His personal contact. (SB 1.3.40 P)
Vaiñëavänäm priyam
Essence
Çrémad-Bhägavatam is very dear to the devotees. It
propounds that Lord Kåñëa is the Supreme Absolute
sarva-vedänta-säraà hi çré-bhägavatam iñyate
Truth and establishes the supremacy of Bhakti yoga tad-rasämåta-tåptasya nänyatra syäd ratiù kvacit
as the unparalleled process to attain Him. Anyone Çrémad-Bhägavatam is declared to be the essence of all
who contemplates on the Bhägavatam and who Vedänta philosophy. One who has felt satisfaction from
properly hears and chants it with devotion becomes its nectarean mellow will never be attracted to any other
completely liberated (tac chåëvan su-paöhan vicäraëa- literature. (SB 12.13.15)
paro bhaktyä vimucyen naraù, SB 12.13.18).

Çrémad-Bhägavatam is so scientifically presented that any sincere student of this
great science will be able to understand the science of God simply by reading it with
attention or simply by regularly hearing it from the bona fide speaker. (2.7.52 P)
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PIBATA BHÄGAVATAM
RASAM ÄLAYAM…

sarva-çästräbdhi-péyüñä sarva-vedaika-sat-phala
sarva-siddhänta-ratnäòhya sarva-lokaika-dåk-prada
sarva-bhägavata-präëa çrémad-bhägavata-prabho
kali-dhväntoditäditya çré-kåñëa-parivartita
O Çrémad-Bhägavatam! O nectar churned from the ocean of all the Vedic scriptures! You are the most
prominent transcendental fruit of the Vedas and are enriched with the jewels of all philosophical
conclusions. You grant spiritual vision to all people of the world and are the very life-breath of the
Vaiñëava devotees. O Lord, you are the sun which has risen to dispel the darkness of Kali-yuga.
Actually, you are Lord Kåñëa, who has returned among us.
(Kåñëa-lélä stava 412-413, by Çréla Sanätana Gosvämé)

A Man Who Wanted A Mango! humbly requested them for the fruit. They are simple,
well-acquainted with the orchard, quite experienced in
Once a man went into a mango orchard and saw a climbing trees and are used to eating mangos regularly.
magnificent mango tree few tens of feet tall. As he was Few of them enthusiastically climbed the tree – some
appreciating the beauty of the tree, he noticed a ripe remained on the lower branches, some climbed to the
fruit on its top branch, and a parrot just bit it with its upper ones, and one of them gradually reached the
beak, increasing its flavor. The elegance and color of high branch on which the ripe mango was there. He
that fruit attracted him and he desired to eat it. A few plucked it and gave to the boy standing on a lower
ideas popped up in his mind: to take a stone and throw branch. The second boy then passed it to the next boy
it to the fruit so that it falls down; to get a pole long who waited on a still lower branch. In this way the ripe
enough to reach the fruit and try to pluck it; to climb mango was passed down over a few boys’ hands thus
the tree himself and get it. The first two options reaching the man who originally desired it. It just took
seemed to him impractical as they might significantly a couple of minutes to receive the mango, which, the
damage the fruit. The last option seemed equally man thought, would otherwise would have been
unfeasible as he had no experience of climbing a tree. impossible with his previous ideas. Then the man
As he was looking around, he saw some village boys thanked the boys who showered on him their pleasant
playing. He approached those innocent boys and smiles and he relished the nectarean juice of the mango.

If we want actual peace, we must open the road to understanding of the
Supreme Lord Kåñëa and glorify Him for His virtuous activities as they are
depicted in the pages of Çrémad-Bhägavatam. (1.1.16 P)
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Right Way Of Passing On Requires
Receiving The Mango Personal Realization
The man is intelligent, isn’t he? Instead of trying Çrémad-Bhägavatam is the essence of all scriptures
out different options himself, he took help from (akhila-çruti-säram, SB 1.2.3; sarva-vedänta-säraà, SB
someone who is experienced. Same is the case when 12.13.12). It is the book form of Kåñëa and is considered
we try to understand scriptures. When one tries to the mature fruit of the desire tree of Vedic wisdom (SB
understand the Bhägavatam with one’s own 1.1.3) that has become even more nectarean when
speculation, keeping aside the explanations of the spoken by Çukadeva Gosvämé. Çréla Prabhupäda writes,
great äcäryas, one gets but only a distorted form of “In Sanskrit the parrot is also known as çuka. When a
it. However, by following the guru-paramparä, we ripened fruit is cut by the red beaks of such birds, its
receive the message of the Bhägavatam in its sweet flavor is enhanced. The Vedic fruit which is
original form, like the fruit that descends from mature and ripe in knowledge is spoken through the lips
branch to branch safely into the hands of the of Çréla Çukadeva Gosvämé, who is compared to the
sincere receiver. Çréla Prabhupäda writes, “The parrot not for his ability to recite the Bhägavatam
proper method for receiving this transcendental exactly as he heard it from his learned father, but for his
message is to hear it submissively. A challenging ability to present the work in a manner that would
attitude cannot help one realize this transcendental appeal to all classes of men. (SB 1.1.3 P)”
message.” Therefore, along with submissive hearing, appealing
presentation also needs personal realization of the
It Is God Who Is Giving! subject. Çukadeva Gosvämé has assimilated the message
of the Bhägavatam (yaù svänubhävam… SB 1.2.3) and
kasmai yena vibhäsito ’yam atulo presented it so expertly that even his guru, Vyäsadeva
jïäna-pradépaù purä and his parama-guru, Närada Muni heard from him as
tad-rüpeëa ca näradäya munaye if they were hearing for the first time. Thus one needs to
kåñëäya tad-rüpiëä understand and introspect on the message of
yogéndräya tad-ätmanätha bhagavad- Bhägavatam, however, that needs to be in line with the
rätäya käruëyatas paramparä. Then only can one be assured that one’s
tac chuddhaà vimalaà viçokam amåtaà explanations are bona fide.
satyaà paraà dhémahi
I meditate upon that pure and spotless Supreme Whom Is It Meant For?
Absolute Truth, who is free from suffering and Bhägavatam is understood by selfless persons who
death and who in the beginning personally revealed transcend the tendencies for competitive sense
this incomparable torchlight of knowledge to gratification (nirmatsaräëäm satäm vedyam). And even
Brahmä. Brahmä then spoke it to the sage Närada, those who are selfish, by hearing the Bhägavatam, lose
who narrated it to Kåñëa-dvaipäyana Vyäsa. Çréla their selfishness. Thus Bhägavatam is meant for both
Vyäsa revealed this Bhägavatam to the greatest of exalted men and neophytes. Exalted men relish this
sages, Çukadeva Gosvämé, and Çukadeva mercifully book while neophytes are uplifted by it. Even Närada
spoke it to Mahäräja Parékñit. [SB 12.13.19] Muné instructed Vyäsadeva to write the Bhägavatam in
such a way that it satisfies the hankerings of learned
The words tad-rüpeëa, tad-rüpiëä and tad-ätmanä people and simultaneously mitigate the miseries of
in this verse clearly indicate that Lord Kåñëa common people:
Himself originally spoke Çrémad-Bhägavatam to
Brahmä and then continued to speak this literature tvam apy adabhra-çruta viçrutaà vibhoù
through the agency of Närada Muni, Dvaipäyana samäpyate yena vidäà bubhutsitam
Vyäsa, Çukadeva Gosvämé and other great sages. In präkhyähi duùkhair muhur arditätmanäà
other words, whenever saintly devotees vibrate saìkleça-nirväëam uçanti nänyathä
Çrémad-Bhägavatam, it is to be understood that Please, therefore, describe the Almighty Lord's activities
Lord Kåñëa Himself is speaking the Absolute Truth which you have learned by your vast knowledge of the
through the agency of His pure representatives. Vedas, for that will satisfy the hankerings of great
Anyone who submissively hears this literature from learned men and at the same time mitigate the miseries
the Lord's bona fide devotees transcends his of the masses of common people who are always
conditioned state and becomes qualified to meditate suffering from material pangs. Indeed, there is no other
upon the Absolute Truth and serve Him. way to get out of such miseries. [SB 1.5.40]

The transcendental devotees of the Lord are not only free from material envy,
but are well-wishers to everyone, and they strive to establish
a competitionless society with God in the center. (SB 1.1.2 P)
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Result of Receiving
The Bhägavatam gives auspiciousness (çivadam) to the hearers and release one from the threefold miseries (täpa-
trayonmülanam). That doesn’t mean there would be no ‘difficulties’ for a devotee in this world, but it means that
the Bhägavatam equips the sincere devotee with the consciousness to see misery as mercy of the Lord. Thus he
doesn’t ‘experience’ the misery like a materialistic person does. By hearing Bhägavatam which is most auspicious
(çrémat), Lord Kåñëa, the shelter of everything, is immediately brought under control and captured (avarudhyate) in
the heart by the accomplished persons (kåtibhiù), the persons devoid of selfishness (nirmatsaräëäm). This indicates
that prema arises in the devotees, since the Lord is brought under control only by prema. Since Kåñëa becomes
supremely blissful by being trapped in the heart filled with prema, this also indicates that Kåñëa is happy and filled
with prema when the devotees hear Bhägavatam. This result is not achieved by any other scripture or other
practices (kià vä paraiù). [SB 1.1.2 V]

ANALOGY ARENA
Lamp
Çrémad-Bhägavatam is compared to a lamp (yaù svänubhävam…, SB
1.2.3, kasmai yena… SB 12.13.19), because, just as a lamp destroys the
darkness by its light, the Bhägavatam destroys nescience by delineating
the transcendental features of the Absolute Truth, Kåñëa. The topics of
creation and destruction (sarga and nirodha) are considered to be the
lamp, since those topics reveal only the general aspect of the Lord.

Sun
Çrémad-Bhägavatam is compared to the Sun (kåñëe sva-dhämopagate…, SB 1.3.43),
because, just as the Sun destroys the darkness and gives joy, the Bhägavatam destroys
the misconception of the demons and gives pleasure to the devotees. Like the sun among
the planets, it shines among the Puräëas. It has twelve forms (volumes), just as the sun
has twelve forms for each of the months of the year. Secondary creation (visarga),
maintenance (sthäna), protection (poñaëa) and other topics (üti, manvantara,
éçänukathä and mukti) are considered to be the sun since they reveal, in addition, the
results of forbidden practices for enjoyment and renunciation available in dharma,
artha, käma, mokña and their unlimited sub-varieties.

Tasty Fruit
Çrémad-Bhägavatam is compared to a tasty fruit (nigama-kalpa-taror…, SB
1.1.3). Bhägavatam is compared to tasty fruit for it reveals to us madhura-
rasa and pure bhakti. Topics dealing with the appearance and pastimes of
the Lord (äçraya) and His devotees, and with bhakti and prema, are
considered to be the tasty fruit of rasa.

Mohiné-mürti
Çrémad-Bhägavatam is compared to Mohiné-mürti (ädi-madhyävasäneñu…, SB
12.13.11-12) who gave nectar to the devotees and hid it from demons. Similarly
Bhägavatam reveals the sweet topics of the Lord to the devotees, the rightful
recipients. But for the non-devotees, Bhägavatam gives some different meanings
unfavorable for bhakti, bewildering them. The Supreme Lord is full of all çaktis and so
is the Bhägavatam. Just as Kåñëa appeared in different ways to the different groups of
people in the wrestling arena of Kamsa (SB 10.43.17), Bhägavatam, being nondifferent
from Kåñëa, also can reveal different meanings to different readers (adhikäris of this
çästra), according to their disposition.

Çrémad-Bhägavatam is like a desire tree. With eighteen thousand verses like its leaves,
it has appeared like a desire tree to fulfill the goals of the great devotees. (SB 1.1.1 V)
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nigama-kalpa-taror galitaà phalaà
çuka-mukhäd amåta-drava-saàyutam
pibata bhägavataà rasam ä-layaà
muhur aho rasikä bhuvi bhävukäù
O expert and
thoughtful men, relish
Çrémad-Bhägavatam,
the mature fruit of the
desire tree of Vedic
literatures. It
KÅÑËA IS emanated from the
NOT TO BE lips of Çré Çukadeva
Gosvämé. Therefore
SEARCHED this fruit has become
OUT IN VEDAS, even more tasteful,
BUT RATHER HE although its nectarean
juice was already
IS FOUND IN THE relishable for all,
MOUTH OF including liberated
souls. [SB 1.1.3]
ÇUKADEVA.

SEEING ÇRÉ KÅÑËA IN ÇRÉMAD-BHÄGAVATAM
The secret of knowing
Bhägavatam is mentioned here.
No one can give rapt attention
who is not pure in mind. No one
can be pure in mind who is not
pure in action. No one can be
pure in action who is not pure in
eating, sleeping, fearing and
mating. But somehow or other if
someone hears with rapt attention
from the right person, at the very
beginning one can assuredly see
Lord Çré Kåñëa in person in the
pages of Bhägavatam.
(SB 1.3.44 P)

Pure in eating, See Kåñëa in the
sleeping, fearing and Pure in Pure in Hear with Rapt pages of
Action Mind attention
mating Bhägavatam

As a result of propagating the transcendental literatures like
Çrémad-Bhägavatam, people will become sane in their transactions. (SB 1.5.11 P)
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BHĀGAVATA BHÄGAVATAM,
The Six
PRAVĀHA
The Flow of Çrémad-Bhägavatam
BHAKTI &
Questions
BHAGAVÄN
[Çrémad-Bhägavatam, Canto 1 Chapters 1-3]

In the first three chapters of the Bhägavatam we prominently find the conclusive descriptions
of the glory and supremacy of – (i) Bhägavatam, the transcendental literature (SB 1.1.2-3,
1.3.40-44), (ii) Bhakti, the process of devotional service (SB 1.2.6-22), and (iii) Bhagavän, the
Personality of Godhead Çré Kåñëa (SB 1.1.1, 1.3.28, SB 1.2.28-29).

Prelude Setting The Scene
The First Canto of Çrémad-Bhägavatam acts a The narration of Bhägavatam begins at a holy place
wonderful prelude for the rest of the text, by named Naimiñäraëya. The sages headed by Çaunaka Åñi
introducing the most crucial philosophical offer an elevated seat to Çréla Süta Gosvämé, glorify his
concepts and the prominent characters of the great qualities such as submissiveness to his gurus and
Bhägavatam. Çréla Vyäsadeva begins this great vast learning and submissively ask him their first set of
work by offering obeisances to Lord Väsudeva six questions. Their intention is very magnanimous which
‘oà namo bhagavate väsudeväya.’ In the very is to benefit the people of Kali-yuga who lack good
first verse Vyäsa emphatically establishes the qualities (1.1.10). Süta Gosvämé appreciates their
glory of the Absolute Truth, Lord Çré Kåñëa, questions and offers his respects to Çukadeva Gosvämé
the Supreme source of everything. In the who compassionately spoke the cream of the Vedic
second verse he declares Çrémad-Bhägavatam literatures. Then he offers respects to Vyäsa and others.
to be a completely pure scripture, devoid of
any material contamination, which can not The Six Questions And
only destroy the threefold miseries of the
humanity but also establish the Supreme Lord
Their Answers
in the heart of a sincere recipient. In the third Çaunakädi Åñis asked Süta Gosvämé what he had
verse he invites everyone to taste this mature ascertained to be the ultimate good for people in general
fruit of Vedic knowledge, compiled by the (1.1.9) and the essence of all scriptures (1.1.11). Süta
literary incarnation of Godhead in the Gosvämé answers these two questions by recommending
maturity of his knowledge, and has become pure devotional service towards the Supreme Lord that
sweeter emanating from the mouth of Çréla gives one knowledge and detachment and describes how
Çukadeva Gosvämé. one progresses on the path of bhakti (1.2.6-22).

Çrémad-Bhägavatam will not only diminish the activities of the corrupt mind of
the people in general, but also it will supply food for their hankering after
reading some interesting literature. (SB 1.5.11 P)
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Their third question is about the purpose
of Lord Kåñëa’s appearance (1.1.12) and QUIZ CORNER
the answer is that Kåñëa appears to reclaim
souls in the mode of pure goodness Fill the crossword based on the clues below.
(1.2.34). 1.  Sanätana Gosvämé's commentary on Çrémad-Bhägavatam
is called ____ ____
Pious people are curious about the
2.  Çrémad-Bhägavatam is also called ____ samhita
adventures of Kåñëa in His various 3.  The most auspicious nature of Bhägavatam is indicated by
incarnations. Çaunakädi Åñis expressed the word ____
their curiosity in their next two questions 4.  To demonstrate the all cognizant feature of the Lord, Çréla
to know about the Lord’s puruñävatäras Prabhupäda compares Him to an ____
and His lélävatäras. Süta Gosvämé briefly 5.  The Lord's body arises from His ____ _____
describes the activities of the three puruñas 6.  One should receive the message of the Çrémad-
(Käraëodakaçäyé Viñëu, Garbhodakaçäyé Bhägavatam through _______
Viñëu and Kñérodakaçäyé Viñëu) and 7.  _____ speaks Çrémad-Bhägavatam through the agency of
twenty-two lilävatäras (Matsya, Kürama, His pure representatives.
Nåsimha etc) in 1.2.30-33 and 1.3.1-27. 8.  In Sanskrit the parrot is also known as _____
9.  Bhägavatam is considered to be the ____ ____ of the
Then he declares that Lord Kåñëa is the
desire tree of Vedic wisdom
fountainhead of all the incarnations – 10.  Bhägavatam is understood by ______
kåñëas tu bhagavän svayam – in 1.3.28
which is considered the Emperor verse 1

(Paribhäñä-sütra) of the Bhägavatam by 2
Çréla Jéva Gosvämé.
The sixth question asked by the sages is:
where did the religious principles take 10
shelter after the departure of Lord Kåñëa?
Süta Gosvämé answers by saying that 5
religious principles have now taken shelter
6
of Çrémad-Bhägavatam which has arisen as
a sun to dispel the darkness of Kali yuga X
puräëärko 'dhunoditaù (1.3.43). He further 9
X
elaborates by saying how Vyäsadeva 8

taught Bhägavatam to Çukadeva Gosvämé
and he himself heard it when Çukadeva
Gosvämé spoke it to Mahäräja Parékñit. 4
X
Other Highlights 3 7

Along with the above six questions and
their answers, we also find in the first
three chapters various interesting topics
like: the eagerness of devotees to hear, the
glories of the holy name, the compassion of
great souls, the qualities of a Bhägavatam Gather all the letters from the red, blue and green boxes, jumble them
speaker and the significance of the within their respective colors and fill the following boxes to see a
universal form. The Bhaktivedänta wonderful string of words glorifying the Bhägavatam.
Purports and the insights of Çréla Answer:
Viçvanätha Cakravarti Öhäkura enrich
one’s understanding. Mail your answer to pradipika@vidyapitha.in with “July Quiz Corner”
in the subject. Names of the first three people who give correct
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