Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Essence of Srimad Bhãgavatam

Nama Article 24th April 2007

Essence of Srimad Bhãgavatam

Excerpts from the discourse of Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji:

" The essence of Srimad Bhãgavatam is Chanting the Divine Name. 'Mimãmsa' means enquiry ('vichãram'). Let us suppose a person has composed a great work and it is too big for us to read but we wish to know the essence of it. We read the introduction and then the conclusion. This is 'upakrama' 'upasamhãra' vidhi (rule). In 'mimãmsa' to arrive at the 'tãtparyam' (quintessence) one sees what is said in the beginning and the end and what the Text has repeatedly spoken about. Only through this, one arrives at the conclusion that the opinion of the Text is such and such. Though the Bhãgavatam speaks of Krishna, speaks of the greatness of Sadhus and begins with, "Janmãdyasya", it ends as "Nãma Sankîrtanam Yasya Sarva Pãpa Pranãsanam".

Srimad Bhãgavatam has come into existence only to show that the one and only way (to liberation) in Kali is Nãma Sankîrtanam (Chanting the Divine Name).

Srimad Bhãgavatam contains 18000 Slokãs -

The last sloka is:

'Nãma Sankîrtanam Yasya Sarva Pãpa Pranãsanam,
Pranãmo Dukhashamanah Tam Namãmi Harim Param.'

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