Srimad Bhagavat

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    Bhagavat Purana (also known as Srimad Bhagavata, Bhagavatam or Bhagwat) is the most popular and widely circulated of all the Puranas. The word 'Purana' means 'narrative of olden times'. After the four vedas, the Puranas form the most sacred of the texts for devout Hindus. The highest philosophy found in Vedas and Upanishads was difficult for commoners to understand. Hence Puranas, which were recited at the time of sacrifices became popular. With the passage of time, Puranas involving different deities manifested: Brahma, Padma, Vishnu, Siva, Garuda, Narada, Bhagavata, Agni, Skanda, Bhavishya, Brahmavaivarta, Markandeya, Vamana, Varaha, Matsya, Kurma and Brahmanda - a total of eighteen.

    Dear to devotees of Lord Vishnu, Bhagavat Purana consists of eighteen thousand slokas, distributed amongst 332 chapters and divided into twelve cantos (skandhas). It is named Bhagavata from its being dedicated to the glorification of Lord Vishnu, a premier Hindu deity. Though originally written in Sanskrit, Bhagavat has been explored and translated in major vernacular languages of India. Bhagavat, an epic philosophical and literary classic, holds a prominent position in India’s voluminous written wisdom. Bhagavat exercises a more direct and powerful influence upon the opinions and feelings of the people than perhaps any other of the Puranas.

    Bhagavat is considered essence of Hindu mythology like Geeta being considered as essence of Upanishads. Bhagavat deals mainly with innumerable exploits of Krishna, an avatar or incarnation of Vishnu and stresses on devotion, as way to salvation (mukti). Sage Vyas, author of many great scriptures like Mahabharat and Vedas, compiled it . The 18,000-verse treatise centers on the science of God and devotion to Him, and includes biographies of great devotees who followed the path of Bhakti and attained moksha.

    From academic point of view, Bhagavata Purana is a narration of a conversation between King Parikshit and Sage Sukdev (Shukadeva). King Parīkshit was cursed to die in seven days by a Brahmin, so he decided to spent final days of his life in gaining knowledge about the goal of life relegating his stately duties. As he prepares for his impending death, Shukadeva, who has been searching for a suitable disciple to whom he might impart his great knowledge, approaches the king and agrees to teach him. Their conversation goes on uninterrupted for seven days, during which the king does not eat, drink or sleep. During this time the sage explains that the ultimate aim of life lies in knowing the supreme absolute truth.

    The most popular and characteristic part of Bhagavat is the tenth canto, which describes the life and works of Sri Krishna. The Bhagavata Purana depicts Krishna not as a Jagad-Guru (a teacher) as in the Bhagavad-Gita, but as a heroic lad brought up by cowherd parent, Nand and Yashoda, in a small village situated on the banks of Yamuna River. Young Krishna's childhood plays and acts of bravery in protecting villagers from demons steals the hearts of the cowherd girls (Gopis'). In his unique enchanting way, Krishna lifts Gopis to a higher state as a result of intense devotion. However, when Krishna leaves for Mathura on a mission, Gopis' love turns into grief. Their intense longing is presented as a model of extreme devotion to the Supreme Lord. In a way, Bhagavat paved way to various schools of Bhakti Movement.

    Known as 'the ripe fruit of the tree of Vedic literature', Srimad-Bhagavatam is the most complete and authoritative exposition of Vedic knowledge. It covers everything from the nature of the self to the origin of the universe, and touches upon all fields of knowledge. It raises and answers fundamental questions like what is life, what is a human being's role in life, what is meant by cycle of birth and death, what is the relation between God and man, what are ways of propitiating God etc. Bhagavata also adds fifth element of devotion (or divine service) besides well-known four aspects of life i.e. dharma (morality), artha (acquiring wealth), kama (pleasure) and moksha (liberation or salvation). Narrated in story-form its style is simple, lyrical and picturesque.

    The impact of Bhagavata on Indian life over ages cannot be measured easily. It has served as the inspiration for countless works of literature, song, drama, painting, sculpture, folk-theatres and crafts. Dealing with exploits of Lord Krishna from childhood to Mahabharata battle, anecdotes and stories figure in one form or other in Vaishnava temple sculptures. Kaliya mardana, Gopika Vastra-harana, Gajendra-moksha, Govardhan-dharan are only few events which have kindled imagination of artistes and craftsmen through ages. All the important dance schools, Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Kathakkali, Odissi and Manipuri have themes from Bhagavata.

    Shri Yogeshwarji, great Gujarati saint & literate, wrote a voluminous treatise on Bhagavat Purana entitled 'Srimad Bhagavat' in which he elaborated on principal stories of Bhagavata in simplified Gujarati language. Through the medium of this web site, it is our humble endeavor to make this jewel of Purana available to our Gujarati people. We sincerely wish that it will help pass on the great message of devotion to present and upcoming generations.
     
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    lionheart i know y you have posted this!!! The present generation of indian youth is caught between the devil and the God!! most of them are a confused lot!!!The essence of Bhagavadgita, Quran and Bible are one and the same to the normal beings. There is a limit to this kind of discussions!!! i again say we are caught in between the epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata and panchatantra!!! This is the difference between we Indians and others. we are always caught between worrying about the good and evil and definitely we lack the killer instinct to perform certain jobs. so please don't give any more doses of Gita in the defence forum. This is becoming a potpourri of all sorts. Every Hindu knows the essence of it and it is up to the individuals, how he applies the virtues of Gita in his daily life!!!! Enough of this gentleman!!!!! please lock the thread!!!
     
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    I cant see the pictures. Lion you need to check the links.
     
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