Summary of Bhagavatam
C. L. RAMAKRISHNAN
SRIMAD BHAGAVATA PURANAM ENUM CHEVVAI CHUUDUVAR BHAGAVATAM: Narayana Krishnamachariar, Narmada Pathippagam, 10, Nana Street, T. Nagar, Chennai-600017. Rs. 400.
THIS IS a summary of the Bhagavata Purana, with versification in Tamil of important verses, their meaning and anecdotal references.
The author has rightly devoted quite some space for the 10th skandha, which is regarded as the nerve-centre of the Purana.
It is said that by constantly listening, reading and meditating on the divine sport of the Lord (with which the tenth skandha deals) one can secure for the jiva liberation from cyclical existence.
The explanations are in clear, simple, and easily understandable Tamil, without compromising the spirit of the text.
The introduction, though brief, highlights the greatness of this Purana and touches upon the ‘triveni’ of the text as it were — viz., bhakti-jnana-vairagya.
The Bhagavata itself is a text on devotion, narrating as it does the experiences of devotees.
Embedded in the text are devotion and dispassion, which open the door for Jnana.
The author has done well in bringing out these aspects and laying stress on how to imbibe these traits.
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