Thursday, December 25, 2008

Read Srimad Bhagavatam Online

Srimad Bhagavatam is a sacred collection of stories especially for the Vaishnavites. The book, arranged in twelve so-called cantos, comprises 335 chapters with about 18000 verses. It is that collection of stories which stresses the prime importance of the maintaining aspect of God personified by the transcendental form of Lord Vishnu. The writer of this book is Krishna Dvaipâyana Vyâsadeva, also called Bâdarâyana. He compiled the Vedas, also known as s'ruti, containing the basic wisdom, the mantras for the rituals and the hymns. He as well wtote the Mahâbhârata. Vyâsa also wrote the rest of the eighteen purânas as well as the Brahma-sûtra, his masterpiece on the Absolute Truth.

This book, and it's culture, was brought to the West by Swami A. C. Bhaktivedanta Prabhupâda. Together with his pupils. He realized a verse by verse commented series of books covering the entire Bhâgavatam. This site offers not all these commentaries but does offer the basic translation of the verses as well as a concatenated version, translated as-it-is which is regularly updated, being maintained by Anand Aadhar Prabhu (René P. B. A. Meijer), a dutch psychologist converted to the philosophy of yoga who received instruction in the temples of ISKCON.

http://www.srimadbhagavatam.org/

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