Canto by Canto Study of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam

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In the beginning of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, sages gather in the forest at Naimiṣāraṇya and ask Sūta Gosvāmī six questions. These inquiries establish a foundation for the entire 12 Cantos.

We will study these six questions, and their seed-like answers, thus creating a clear understanding why Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is glorified as the literary incarnation of God.
The first created being in the universe, Lord Brahmā, was instructed directly by the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The Lord's instructions, called catuḥ-ślokī, are the essence of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam and the root of the Brahmā-sampradayā.

We will study how Lord Brahmā so pleased the Lord that He revealed Himself to Brahmā, how Brahmā perceived the Lord and His associates in Vaikuṇṭha, and the enlightening conversation between them.
After the appearance of Lord Brahmā and his meeting with the Supreme Lord described in the Second Canto of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, we will now learn details of what happened next:

Śrī Vidura said: O great sage, please let me know how Brahmā, the grandfather of the planetary inhabitants, created the bodies of the living entities from his own body and mind after the disappearance of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

The greatly learned sage Maitreya said: O Vidura, Brahmā thus engaged himself in penances for one hundred celestial years, as advised by the Personality of Godhead, and applied himself in devotional service to the Lord.
Thereafter Brahmā saw that both the lotus on which he was situated and the water on which the lotus was growing were trembling due to a strong, violent wind...

At the end of our study in the 3rd Canto, Lord Brahmā manifested the father of mankind Svāyambhuva Manu and his wife Śatarūpā. In the 4th and 5th Cantos we will learn about the sons of Manu, Uttānapāda and Priyavrata....and more specifically in the 4th Canto we will study the pastimes of King Uttānapāda's son, Dhruva Mahārāja.


SB 4.8.8. purport: "The incidents in the life of Dhruva Mahārāja are very attractive for devotees. From his pious actions, one can learn how one can detach himself from material possessions and how one can enhance one’s devotional service by severe austerities and penances. By hearing the activities of pious Dhruva, one can enhance one’s faith in God and can directly connect with the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and thus one can very soon be elevated to the transcendental platform of devotional service. The example of Dhruva Mahārāja’s austerities can immediately generate a feeling of devotional service in the hearts of the hearers."

After narrating pastimes of Svāyambhuva Manu's son Uttānapāda in Canto 4, Śukadeva Gosvāmī next describes the activities of his brother Priyavrata to begin Canto 5:

This chapter describes how King Priyavrata enjoyed royal opulence and majesty and then returned to full knowledge. King Priyavrata was detached from worldly opulence, and then he became attached to his kingdom, but finally he again became detached from material enjoyment and thus achieved liberation. When King Parīkṣit heard about this, he was struck with wonder, but he was somewhat bewildered as to how a devotee with no attachment for material enjoyment could later become attached to it. Thus in astonishment he questioned Śukadeva Gosvāmī about this.

This Course includes 3 Chapters: The History of the Life of Ajāmila, Ajāmila Delivered by the Viṣṇudūtas, and Yamarāja Instructs His Messengers:

The First Chapter relates the history of Ajāmila who was considered a greatly sinful man, but was liberated when four order carriers of Viṣṇu came to rescue him from the hands of the order carriers of Yamarāja. A full description of how he was liberated, having been relieved of the reactions of his sinful life, is given in this chapter.

In the second chapter the messengers from Vaikuṇṭha explain to the Yamadūtas the glories of chanting the holy name of the Lord.

As related in the third chapter, the Yamadūtas approached Yamarāja, who very exhaustively explained bhāgavata-dharma, the religious principle of devotional service.

Includes Study The First Chapter in the 7th Canto - "The Supreme Lord Is Equal to Everyone"

SB 7.1.1 King Parīkṣit inquired: My dear brāhmaṇa, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Viṣṇu, being everyone’s well-wisher, is equal and extremely dear to everyone. How, then, did He become partial like a common man for the sake of Indra and thus kill Indra’s enemies? How can a person equal to everyone be partial to some and inimical toward others?

The second question raised by Parīkṣit Mahārāja concerns how Śiśupāla, although inimical toward Kṛṣṇa from his very childhood and always blaspheming Kṛṣṇa, attained salvation in oneness when Kṛṣṇa killed him.

This study will cover the pastimes of Lord Vāmanadeva narrated in the 8th Canto of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam:

SB 8.15: Bali Mahārāja Conquers the Heavenly Planets
SB 8.16: Executing the Payo-vrata Process of Worship
SB 8.17: The Supreme Lord Agrees to Become Aditi’s Son
SB 8.18: Lord Vāmanadeva, the Dwarf Incarnation
SB 8.19: Lord Vāmanadeva Begs Charity from Bali Mahārāja
SB 8.20: Bali Mahārāja Surrenders the Universe
SB 8.21: Bali Mahārāja's Arrest by the Lord
SB 8.22: Bali Mahārāja Surrenders His Life

In the 9th Canto we will study Chapters 4-5:

Chapter 4 - Ambarīṣa Mahārāja Offended by Durvāsā Muni
Chapter 5 - Durvāsā Muni’s Life Spared

SB 9.5.27 — Anyone who chants this narration or even thinks of this narration about the activities of Mahārāja Ambarīṣa certainly becomes a pure devotee of the Lord.

SB 9.5.28 — By the grace of the Lord, those who hear about the activities of Mahārāja Ambarīṣa, the great devotee, certainly become liberated or become devotees without delay.

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam Canto 10 -- Chapters 24,25 & 27......Govardhana Hill Pastimes. Begins October 24, 2016