Om Sri Gurubhyo Namah:
By the Grace of lord Sri Hari and our Sadguru Maharaj, “the Bhagavatham Study Circle ” started off on the auspicious Ganesh Chaturti Day. Hosted by Dallas GOD Satsang, the participants of this study circle are from the East Coast as well as the Central part of the country. The study circle started with Dhyana slokas recited by Smt. Sudha.
Sri. Narayananji gave a brief introduction on Srimad Bhagavatam and Ganesh Chaturti.
What is link between Ganesh Chaturti and Srimad Bhagavatam?
For the sake of mankind to live happily Lord Mahaganapathi did a very big sacrifice. When Veda Vyasa requested Lord Ganesha to write Mahabharata, Lord Ganapathi accepted it with some conditions. In order to write this great epic, he broke one of his tusks. It is because of Lord Ganapathi that we are all blessed to have the “Panchamo Vedha” (i.e.) Mahabharata. Lord Ganesha is also responsible for the Koorma Avatar (Lord’s incarnation as a tortoise). Ganesha, thus, is one of the greatest Bhagavatas!
Why do we read Srimad Bhagavatam? Why is it so different from other Upanishads and Puranas?
We go to a town. Our friend tells us that we should meet a particular person in this town who is noble and virtuous. So we go in search of that person and eventually find his home. There was a person already sitting there in the front door and we ask for the gentleman whom our friend referred to. We find that the very person who was sitting at the doorstep is indeed “The Person” that our friend mentioned about!
Srimad Bhagavatam is such a Purana that it is verily Lord Sri Hari himself in the form of sound.
How do we believe that it is verily Lord Krishna? (Lord Sri Hari)Who said so?
When Lord Krishna is about to leave for Sri Vaikunta, Uddhava, one of his ministers, in a very worried and unhappy tone says ’Oh Lord! you have been with us in every aspect of our life, and now, suddenly if you leave us, what will we do?’, Lord Krishna, consoling Uddhava, says, its just my mortal body that is leaving this world, however, I shall enter this Purana called Srimad Bhagavatam. Like other avatars, in this Kaliyuga, I have taken the Avatar as sound ( Shabdha Roopam).
This Mahapurana is easily accessible to everyone. Lord Mahavishnu Himself gives this Mahapurana in the form of advice to Lord Brahma to create this world. Lord Brahma explained this to his son Sage Narada. Narada muni was looking out for the right person to share this Purana with.
In the meanwhile, sage Veda Vyasa who had compiled all the Vedas and Shastras was very sad. Foreseeing the evils of Kaliyuga, he felt incomplete in his heart. Sage Narada paid a visit to his Ashram and Veda Vyasa requested sage Narada to reveal the cause. Sage Narada replied that any work that does not speak of the glories of the Lord is not relished by the saints who revel in the glories of the Lord alone. After narrating his own story sage Narada made Veda Vyasa write Srimad Bhagavatam. Then Sage Veda Vyasa gave this divine nectar to his son Suka Brahmam.
The talk touched on the import of His Holiness Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji’s beautiful kirtan on Srimad Bhagavata Mahapurana
Srimadbhagavatam svayam Harireva
Sakala Puranamadhye Svayamprakashitam
Deenodharana Divyacharitram (Srimad)
Prasthanachaturtham Brahmavidyaposhakam (Srimad)
Samsarinam karunaya sukamunivarshitam
Atmadevacharitrena atiprasidham (Srimad)
Bhagavata Muraliidhara Bhaktaih Nityasevitam (Srimad)
With this detailed information the study for that day came to an end with the Mahamantra chanting.