Srimad Bhagawatham, Mahatmyam, Chapter One Sloka 13: Shukam natuvam.. Translation: The Devas, who are known to do things that please themselves, offered Amruth from the kalasha (pot) to Sri Sukha and in return wanted the Amruth called Srimad Bhagavatham. Interpretation: It is implied in Suthan’s narration that the essence of
Translation: Srimad Bhagavatham is capable of cleansing the mind. Those who have done divine deeds in this life or the previous are the ones who, by birth, get to hear Srimad Bhagavatham. Interpretation: Suthan makes it clear that past good deeds – either in this birth or the previous ones
Srimad Bhagawatham, Mahatmyam, Chapter One Sloka 9: Bhaktourkha… Translation: I shall tell you the secret of what multiplies Bhakti at all times and create love for Sri Krishna. Listen carefully. Interpretation: Shri Suthan further stokes the inquisitiveness of Shounaka and rishis by saying that he has a secret formula to
Srimad Bhagawatham, Mahatmyam, Chapter One Sloka 8: Suthovacha, preetihi Shounaka.. Translation: Sutha is extremely pleased at the quality of questions and doubts. He says: Oh Shaunaka! Your mind is filled with inquisitiveness to listen to stories. Since the essence of all treatise is to destroy the cycle of birth and
Srimad Bhagawatham, Mahatmyam, Chapter One Sloka 6: Shreysam el bhave … Translation: Among all the virtues, which is the top most, among purity which is the most important, what is the path that leads to Krishna? Please tell me. Interpretation: This is for the first time that the name of
Srimad Bhagawatham, Mahatmyam, Chapter One Sloka 5: Ihaghore Kalouprapte..
How do Vaishnavars, through Bhakti, wisdom and the realisation of the self leading to detachment and indifference to sensual enjoyment (vairagya), overcome the ignorance created by Maya?
Says Shaunaka: Hey Suthan, Master who has the power of a thousand suns, please dispel and destroy the darkness in me caused due to lack of knowledge by narrating the stories in Srimad Bhagawatham.
Suthan, one of the most knowledgeable persons, a receptacle of wisdom, walks into a holy place called Nimishe where the rishis were performing a sacrifice for 12 years. After making him comfortable, Shaunaka approaches him with a request: to narrate the story of Srimad Bhagawatham.
We start our spiritual journey through the Mahatmyam which describes the importance of Srimad Bhagawatham.