Monday, May 5, 2008

Srimad Bhagavatam: Introduction

We ought to be fully aware of the present day scenario of our social order which is no longer segregated by geographical boundaries to particular countries or communities. The spectrum of humanity is broader than in the Middle Ages and globally we are inclined towards one civilization at large. The ideals of ‘Shrimad Bhagavatam’ broadly underline the oneness of human society.

In the new millennium amidst unprecedented prosperity, we are no longer fumbling in the darkness of oblivion. But surely there is something missing, the mind is restive, our thoughts run riot. There is a gaping need to attain a sense of peace which is intrinsic for a sense of well being. Stilling our inner restlessness the ‘Shrimad Bhagavatam’ fits this niche perfectly, as we reach the heights of elation and ecstacy.

In the 'Shrimad Bhagwat Gita' Lord Krishna is portrayed as a statesman and philosopher at large, revealing the nature of time and duty to a dejected Arjuna on the field of Kurukshetra. The 'Shrimad Bhagavatam' deals with the divine play or leelas of Lord Krishna's enigmatic manifestation which distinguishes him from all other devtas; which is both real and illusionary which makes him both human and divine at the same time, becoming him most of all.

Its twelve cantos bequeath to us a vast visual record of his playful dalliance, as Vishnu Incarnate. Delighting in play, he endears himself and brings delight to all his bhaktas. We start with verses from the Xth canto which bring to light the transcendental glories of Lord Krishna. There is a dire need for the knowledge of moksha or redemption, which frees us from the cycle of birth and re-birth in modern day society to alleviate suffering. The all-enveloping serenity of 'Shrimad Bhagavatam' satiates the perennial quest of mankind for union with the divine.

Our confidence of a good response is based on the powerful Shrimad Bhagavatam statement:

“On the other hand that literature which is full with descriptions of the transcendental glories of the name, fame, form and pastimes of the unlimited Supreme Lord is a divine creation meant to bring out a revolution in the impious life of a misdirected civilization.. Such excellent literature even though irregularly composed is heard, sung and accepted by dedicated devotees who are thoroughly honest.”

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