29 Aug 2015

The Highest Truth over 7 days: The Shreemad Bhagavatam

The 7-days Shreemad Bhagavatam discourse by Sri Swami Vishwananda started this morning.

The Shreemad Bhagavatam, the divine and eternal tales of the Supreme Lord, is one of the maha Puranic texts. It focuses on bhakti to Narayana, and in particular to Sri Krishna. The Bhagavatam includes many stories of the various avatars of Narayana and the life and pastimes of his most complete incarnation, Sri Krishna. Veda Vyasa is accredited for being the author, and he is himself considered to be an incarnation of Narayana. 
The Shreemad Bhagavatam or also called “Bhagavata Purana” is considered to be the purest and greatest of all the puranas since it invokes devotion towards Lord Narayana.

It is said, that if one with sincerity of heart and devotion listens to the Bhagavatam, especially when recited and explained by a God-realised master, one becomes completely liberated from material bondage and attains moksha or liberation from the cycle of births and deaths in the material world. 

Vaishnavas consider the Bhagvatam to be non-different from Krishna and to be the literary form of Sri Krishna.
The Bhagavatam takes the form of a story recounting Vyasa's work being recited for the first time by his son Shuka to the dying King Parikshit, the grandson of Arjuna who owes his life to Krishna. Longing to hear of Krishna before he dies, Parikshit hears the Bhagavatam, recited by Shuka, including questions by the king and replies by the sage, over the course of seven days.
Similarly, Guruji, Sri Swami Vishwananda, is telling us the timeless stories of the Lord over the next seven days, revealing the Highest Truth.