Man is often misguided by his own senses. The ego of man is one of the most powerful factors that delude him, into wrong actions. Only perfect knowledge and surrender to the topmost value system can redeem man and rectify his actions. The Shrimad Bhagavatham is the perfect scripture that highlights the deficiencies of man and his self-centered actions. It is the very body of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Adhering to this one scripture alone, man can transcend all the modes of material nature at once.
Many times, spiritual subjects are dealt with lightly, without due deliberation. People feel that once Bhakti is invoked, problems are solved. But the type of Bhakti that is discussed in the Bhagavatham has certain inner ingredients, without which merely indulging in externally motivated Bhakti shall prove to be a waste. Bhakti that does not bring with it, its two sons Jnana of the Self and position of the Supreme Being and Vairagya towards the material world, cannot qualify as Bhakti proper.
People consider Bhakti as sentimentalism. This is blasphemy of the first kind. In the Srimad Bhagavatham, both Jnana (Knowledge) and Vairagya (Renunciation) are considered as the two children of Bhakti alone. Jnana without Bhakti or Vairagya without Bhakti is short-lived and also false. So say the scriptures
The Shrimad Bhagavatham is considered as the jusice of the fruit of Bhakti. It is considered as the most matured and ripe knowledge that is transmitted only because of Bhakti. The Bhagavatham talks about the glories of the Lord and His devotees. There are many speakers of the Bhagavatham according to Vedic Lord and chief among them as Sukadeva Goswami and Suta Goswami
People usually praise the Vedas and try to slight the Puranas and the Itihasa. This is a sad affair. The Veda is very ancient and it is difficult to understand the Veda in its original form. Hence the teachings of the Vedas have been expanded through Puranas and Itihasas. Thus the Puranas and Itihasas are the practical handbooks of recommendations of the Vedas itself.
Maya is the most obvious energy of the Lord that is in operation in the material world. It is important to drum into our selves the controlling power of Maya. One needs to contemplate about Her captivating moves through the thorough study of the Vedic texts. The Srimad Bhagavad Gita and the Srimad Bhagavatham are the topmost scriptures that delve in detail about the magnetic powers of Maya and how She keeps the living entity bound to Her without relieving them for the Higher engagement of devotional practice.
All the female energy forces are the manifestation of the one Supreme Lord. Matter is the female expression of the Lord and all the blessings that the material world has to offer to talented beings also proceeds from the power of the Lord alone. Hence, it becomes important to cast one's vision on the Creator who is behind the display of all visible potency that individuals display. The credit is more of the Lord and less of the individual.
The path of supplication to the Supreme Lord is regarded as the highest form of sadhana by the scriptures especially the Srimad Bhagavatham. This method of surrendering to the Lord is in accordance with the Scriptures dedicated to the Path of Bhakti. A devotee spends his time discussing the mood and pastimes of the Lord and does not wrestle or fight Maya. She stands defeated even in the presence of the devotees and that is the superiority of the Bhakti Path. Rituals become important only as long as an individual does it with love in his heart with the intention of initiating a transformation in his heart. This is the secret behind all rituals of the religious kind.
One of the direct ways of knowing the secrets of the universe is to realize the nature of consciousness. Other than the Bhagavad Gita, there is no better text to make one understand and direct one towards the very nature of consciousness. The Gita is a Scripture for deliberation and contemplation. Mulling over the verses of the Gita can initiate an automated internalized process towards final enlightenment.
An understanding of the modes of material nature is important for understanding the levels of consciousness in which humans have existed and shall continue to exist. When the modes of material nature such as Sattva, Rajas and Tamas are clearly understood, it shall open up a contemplative mindset, which will help us in our own standing ,providing us useful tools as we go along, on the path towards the Self.