Overview of Srimad Bhagavatam (Cantos 1-9)

Sunday, 11 August 2019

Immerse yourself in a summary study of a timeless classic.

This course will provide an overview of a few of the powerful pastimes in the Srimad Bhagavatam in chronological order from 1st to 9th Canto with points from Srila Prabhupada’s purports and summaries of important lessons and devotional principles to be learned.

APPRECIATE THE SPOTLESS PURANA, THE ESSENCE OF THE VEDAS

Srimad Bhagavatam is the summit of all knowledge. It is able to fulfill the desires of all who approach it and bestows the highest benediction of loving devotional service unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna. It is believed that a classic is a book that doesn't need to be written again yet it inspires numerous other books to be composed. Srimad Bhagavatam is such a timeless classic that it has inspired numerous intellectuals to write commentaries since ages; commentary of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami being the most well known in late century.

Srimad Bhagavatam is prescribed for people in Kali-yuga: “Persons who have lost their vision due to the dense darkness of ignorance in the Age of Kali shall get light from this Purāṇa.” (SB 1.3.43) It is the only Vedic text Srila Prabhupada chose to publish and bring with him when he travelled to the United States to begin preaching Krishna consciousness in the West.

According to Srila Visvanatha Cakravarthy Thakura, the Srimad Bhagavatam can be compared to a lamp, the sun, Mohini-murti, a desire tree and a tasty fruit. It is compared to a lamp (adhyatma-dipam) because just as a lamp dissipates darkness in a room, so the lamp of the Bhagavatam eradicates the darkness of ignorance and reveals the general descriptions of the Lord such as His creation pastimes and dealings with the material world.

The sun (puranarko) analogy is used to further elucidate the capability of the Bhagavatam in totally nullifying the effects of ignorance, just as the rising sun disperses the dense darkness of night and along with it all mischievous and envious beings. Specifically though, it describes how this Purana, another form of the sun, has now risen in Kali-yuga for those who have lost their knowledge” (SB 1.3.43).

Srimad Bhagavatam baffles those who approach it insincerely, by giving out deviant meanings. As such the Bhagavatam reciprocates with the kind of person that approaches it, giving the true meaning only to the devotees who are sincere and engaged in devotional service of the Lord. It is meant for the ultimate good of all people, and it is all-successful, all-blissful and all-perfect. Descriptions in Bhagavatam are so auspicious that by reciting, hearing or reading about them, one can amass multitudes of spiritual benefit.

The complete power, potency and purpose of Srimad Bhagavatam has to be, and can be, appreciated by all who take to its study under guidance of a bona-fide spiritual master, coming in the disciple succession. The glories of such a wonderful gift to mankind have no limits or bounds. Purification, education, bliss, devotional service, attainment of the Kingdom of God and pure love of Godhead, are but some of the great blessings that Srimad Bhagavatam gives to its readers.

This course has been designed and will be facilitated by HG Jai Nitai das and HG Bhava Bhakti devi dasi who have been teaching courses since 2000.

Together, we will discuss the main characters, relish the key stories and learn how to apply the spiritual principles into our life in a practical and relevant way.

Course Details:

Facilitator: HG Jai Nitai dasa & HG Bhava Bhakti devi dasi
Date: Sundays, 11th August, 15th September, 13th October & 10th November (Once a month for 9 months, more dates to follow) | Time: 10.30am - 1.30pm | Location: VIP Room
Course Fee: £80 (for all 9 cantos) / £10 per canto

Alternatively you can register at the Temple shop by visiting in person or calling on +44 (0)207 437 3662.

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