Srimad-Bhagavatam is the book form of Lord Sri Krsna. Srila Sanatana Gosvami describes in his Krsna-lila-stava that each syllable of the Bhagavatam rains pure love of God on the reader. Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu has declared that Srimad-Bhagavatam is the spotless Purana and He personally preached the transcendental truths (tattvas) mentioned in it (saba sikhaila prabhu bhagavata-siddhanta). He taught Rupa Gosvami and Sanatana Gosvami the ultimate truths of Lord Krsna, devotional service, devotional mellows, and so on.

krsna-tattva, bhakti-tattva, prema-tattva sara
bhava-tattva, rasa-tattva, lila-tattva ara

Krsna consciousness means understanding the truths of Krsna (krsna-tattva), devotional service (bhakti-tattva), love of Godhead (prema-tattva), emotional ecstasy (bhava-tattva), transcendental mellows (rasa-tattva) and the Lord’s pastimes (lila-tattva).

– Sri Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya 25.265

The serious practitioner of bhakti endeavors to understand these tattvas explained in the Bhagavatam and as Bhagavatam itself says, such bhagavad-bhakti-yoga gives one the realization of the truths of the Supreme Lord, His name, form, paraphernalia and pastimes (bhagavat-tattva-vijnanam).

Our earlier publication Bhagavata Ratnamala presented the most vital verses of the Bhagavatam canto-wise. Such sequential presentation helps the readers to locate the jewel-like verses and pause in their chronological study of the Bhagavatam, to meditate on them and memorize them by regular recitation.

Bhagavata Tattvamala attempts to present selected verses of the Bhagavatam theme-wise, by classifying them under various philosophical sections, namely jiva-tattva, krsna-tattva, guru-tattva, bhakti-tattva, and so on. Under each category, verses from multiple cantos are given, so that the reader can get a cross-sectional view of the Srimad-Bhagavatam from the perspective of different tattvas. Bhagavata Tattvamala presents 218 verses with their word-for-word meanings, translations, contexts and major themes.Additionally, the reference numbers of some relevant verses (*) are given along with their themes. Further, some verses can be classified under multiple tattvas owing to their deep manifold meanings, however, a predominant theme of the verse has been considered while categorizing it. While these verses and categories are not exhaustive, we hope to give aconcise and effective study guide herewith.

It is with the aim of aiding the devotees’ personal contemplation on the Bhagavatam and preaching the message of the Bhagavatam that the Bhaktivedanta Vidyapitha presents these compilations with some of Bhagavatam’s most special verses. We hope that this endeavor will be pleasing to the Vaisnavas and we beg forgiveness for any shortcomings in this humble attempt.

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Bhagavata Subodhini reviews

BHAGAVATA SUBODHINI is a praiseworthy project for deepening our appreciation of the Bhagavatam, particularly from the insight of Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti. By concisely organizing his analysis of the work, the devotee will be able to relish both the Bhagavatam and Visvanatha's realizations. Caitanya Mahaprabhu has accepted Bhagavatam as the ...

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His Holiness Bhanu Swami
pibata bhagavatam rasamalayamBhagavata Subodhini is an excellent study guide that makes Srimad Bhagavatam more relishable and easier to digest. Drawing strength from the Bhaktivedanta Purports and Bhagavad commentaries by Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura, Bhagavata Subodhini is a great tool for an in-depth, systematic and scrutinising study of Srimad Bhagavatam. I ...

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His Holiness Lokanath Swami
I found Bhagavata Subodhini very interesting and useful, for it presents the contents of Bhagavatam in a systematic and lucid manner. I am very happy that the devotees in our society are producing such wonderful literature based on Srila Prabhupada's books and commentaries of other acharyas. I like the fact ...

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His Holiness Bhakti Purushottama Swami
This publication is a precious jewel, both adding to the unlimited radiance of Krishna’s presence as Srimad-bhagavatam and reflecting that splendour. What is special: the clarity of both the text and its graphic presentation, enabling a full and penetrating comprehension of the Bhagavatam’s structure and profundity.

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His Holiness Devamrita Swami
It is a guide, I use to get a bird’s eye view of a Chapter, to spot out Diamond like sections for deeper contemplation and nectar like slokas for relishing and repeating to others. It has increased my appetite for Bhägavatam study and gain great spiritual advantage. Thanks to Bhaktivedänta ...

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His Grace Radheshyam Das
I am sincerely grateful to the Bhaktivedanta Vidyapitha for their dedicated efforts to present this publication – Bhagavata Subodhini. I pray that each reader may enter deeper and deeper into the knowledge and devotional love (Bhakti Ras) of the essence of all Vedas – Srimad Bhagavatam.

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His Holiness Radhanath Swami