Basic Theory of the Project
The idea behind the project is to develop a Concept/ Theme based Search Engine for Srimad Bhagavatam. Srimad Bhagavatam is the essence of all Vedic literatures (SB 1.1.3 nigama-kalpa-taror galitaà phalaà) and discusses a wide variety of topics like process of creation, chronological description of universal affairs, Vedic administration, sciences and lifestyle, systems of philosophy, practical tips for day to day life etc. saturated with and culminating in Bhakti, pure devotional service. The verses of SB carry and convey concepts of all these topics which form the building blocks of Gaudiya Vaishnava philosophy.
Need for the Project
It is very difficult to map the concepts of Gaudiya Vaishnava philosophy to verses of Srimad Bhagavatam because of the sheer volume and vast expanse of SB. Also because these concepts hidden within the verses of SB cannot be caught by a simple word search, which is the only search available in Vedabase. This concept to verse mapping is what was done by Srila Jiva Goswami in his Shat Sandarbhas, the SB verse compilations for the 6 most important concepts of Gaudiya Vaishnava philosophy. However with the available technology (Search engines etc.), we can compile all the verses related to all the important concepts/ themes. This could be a great asset for any future research work on SB.
Approach / Work
Each verse can be assigned tags and sub-tags. These tags and sub-tags are themes and concepts. The Search Engine on being searched for a tag will display all the verses having that tag. E.g. Vaishnava Qualities can be a tag and Humility may be a sub-tag. On being searched, all the verses related to Humility will be displayed by Search Engine.
Conclusion / Results
Finally the Search Engine is expected to do the following:
- Thematic search of SB
- Have all the functions of Vedabase
- Easy to extract info and print
- User-friendly for both searching and studying as SB
- Made available as website/ computer and mobile application