Therefore, Brahma writes the individual fate of the living entities and commences upon the Vyasti Shristi. Fate is a report of all future, present and past events and their reactions designated for man to undergo. It is not a mind-creation of Brahma, but instead it is a report of one’s own Karma.
Therefore, Shukhadeva first explains Dharana, Dhyana, and Samadhi or ‘different stages of meditation’ to Parikshit. The latter tried to focus, but the mind would to drift away after some moments. This is a very common experience for many of us. One is not able to retain his concentration levels with the same effectiveness as he did in the beginning.
The enlightened sage was not affected by this act of the king and continued to meditate harmoniously without any internal or external conflict. But, the sage’s son Sringin who learnt about the crime issued against his father as narrated by one of his fellow friends was propelled to curse the guilty. He cursed: “Seven days...
Parikshita Maharaja was a descendant of the Kuru dynasty and was the son of Abhimanyu and Uttara. His grandfather was Arjuna, the great archer. When Pariskhit was unborn, housed in the womb of Uttara, the fallen Brahmana Ashwatthama released the detrimental Brahamastra intended to uproot the offspring of the Pandavas.
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.
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.