Post Author: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-01-14 06:54:29
Title: Reading Srimad Bhagavatam User: Neil LA Date: 2007-05-03 00:00:14
Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! All Glories to Swami Gaurangapada! All Glories to the Guru Parampara! All Glories to the Vaishnavas!
Dear Swami Gaurangapada,
A couple of years ago I purchased a copy of the Srimad Bhagavatam. I'm very happy I have it, but since the time it arrived, all the books have just been sitting on my shelf collecting dust.
I would very much like to read it, but I've hesitated because I feel that it will take me forever to get through it.
I know in temples they study Srimad Bhagavatam in the mornings and Bhagavad Gita in the evenings. I was thinking that maybe I would try that approach.
I also want to study Sri Chaitanya Bhagavata and so what I thought I might do is study the Bhagavad Gita in the morning and then alternate reading the Srimad Bhagavatam and the Sri Chaitanya Bhagavata in the evenings.
I doubt that I'll really be able to get through more than a verse or two at a time, so I'm sure that its going to be a very long process.
Does my idea of alternating readings each evening sound like a good idea? I know that you suggested that we read one book completely before starting a new one, but I just feel that if I read only the Srimad Bhagavatam, I will never get through it.
Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Jaya Shri Guru Parampara Acharyas! Pranams! Shrimad Bhagavatam is a huge divine Scripture of 18,000 verses and 12 Cantos so it may not be completed at one shot so one can read a few verses daily with the other Holy Books one is reading.
Before reading Shrimad Bhagavatam, I would suggest the reading of the condensed Shrimad Bhagavatam which covers all the essential pastimes and teachings of Shrimad Bhagavatam in around 300-400 pages. This will get one interested and attracted to maintain consistent interest and patience in reading the full and elaborate Shrimad Bhagavatam. It is under the section of Compiled and Imp Scriptures towards the bottom of the tree.
Also I would highly recommend that one reads Nityananda Gauranga Naam or Shri Navadvipa Dhaama Mahaatmya or Shri Chaitanya Bhaagavata or Shri Chaitanya Charitaamrita or Shri Chaitanya Mangala or Shri Chaitanya Chandramrita or another Holy Book on the pastimes and glories of Lords Nityananda Gauranga daily without fail in addition to reading other Holy Scriptures.
Daaso'smi, Swami Gaurangapada.
Title: Re: Reading Srimad Bhagavatam User: Neil LA Date: 2007-05-03 16:14:14
Thank you Swami Gaurangapada for your suggestions. I will read both Srimad Bhagavatam and Sri Caitanya Bhagavata everyday.
Actually I just finished reading the "Narayaneeyam" which is a condensed version of the Srimad Bhagavatam. That is what sparked my interested in reading the full Srimad Bhagavatam.
Nityananda, Gauranga, Hare Krishna! Jaya Guru Parampara! Jaya Swamiji gaurangapada!
Dear Bhakta Neil,
There are lots of possibilities to study the Holy Scriptures. Purnaprajna dasa has written several condensed works on Shrimad Bhagavatam and Chaitanya charitamrita. It is written in a narrative style, so it is quite easy to read. A very nice overview of the Bhagavad Gita is given by Bhurijana dasa. This book is used during the Bhakti shastri classes and has helped me to see lots of things from a different perspective.
Sometimes reading takes a lot of time, so try listening to the narrations of the Holy Books instead. It has helped me a lot! Check for audio files from Amala bhakta dasa or Bhurijana Prabhu (at http://rgl.amieo.com/: "http://rgl.amieo.com/"). Also try to hear for the audio files from Damodara dasa (beautiful narration of the Sri Caitanya bhagavata) which is now on Nitai.in. Most of the audio files do not contain the purports, though. Hope you'll find what you need. If you can't find what you're looking for, do check the Nitai Veda 3.2 on Swamiji's website!
Humbly trying to be a sincere devotee of the Holy Names of Nityananda, Gauranga and Hare Krishna,