It is believed that a classic is a book that doesn’t need to be written again yet it inspires numerous other books to be composed. Srimad Bhagavatam is such a timeless classic that it has inspired numerous intellectuals to write commentaries since ages; commentary of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami being the most well known in late century.
Bhaktivedanta Vidyapitha announced the release of the book “Bhagavata Subodhini” on the auspicious occasion of Radhastami [21st September 2015] which is an effort to deeply and easily understand the subject matter of Srimad Bhagavatam and Srila Prabhupada’s commentary on it. The book was released by HG Jananivas Prabhu, the head pujari of Mayapur and the most senior and respected pujari in ISKCON. On order of Srila Prabhupada, he had shifted to Mayapur and took up the seva of being a pujari. He and his brother, His Grace Pankajanghri Prabhu have been serving in Mayapur for many decades.
At the release event two teachers of the Bhaktivedanta Vidyapitha, HG Radhika Vallabha Prabhu and HG Damodar Prabhu presented a wrapped copy to H. G. Jananivas Pr, who gracefully unveiled it and flashed it to the audience. H. G. Radheshyam prabhu, who has been a part of the Vidyapitha two year course for the last fifteen months expressed the usability of the book as a unique guide to study Srimad Bhagavatam. He mentioned how the thematic compilations and articles presented in the book are helpful for the preachers.
Bhagavata Subodhini, was originally a part of the study material for the students at the Bhaktivedanta Vidyapitha in Govardhan Eco Village, India. The students and teachers, who are mainly the resident devotees, also contributed to various content materials that are presented in this book based on their years of study and understanding of the Bhagavatam. Considering the value of their work, and the assistance it can provide for numerous readers of Srimad-Bhagavatam, the school has begun to make these materials available to the public in the form of study guides.
The following is a brief description of the various features of Bhagavata Subodhini.
- Overview – This section provides a verse-by-verse synopsis of the entire canto, highlighting the import of the verse as well as links between verses, sections and chapters supported by flow charts, tables or chart format for easy understanding.
- Articles on special verses – This section is dedicated to in-depth and comprehensive analysis on a particular verse or a string of vital verses, based on the commentaries of Vaisnava acaryas.
- Thematic compilations – This section consists of multiple prominent themes that are present in the specific cantos of Srimad Bhagavatam. The objective of this section is to make the readers appreciate the cross sectional view on a specific theme revealed in various chapters of a canto, in addition to inspire one to study the Bhagavatam from various angles like descriptions of the lord, important philosophical extractions, special sections elaborated based on commentaries, etc.
- Appendix – The extensive lists of reference material from the cantos are presented in this section. Unlike the thematic compilations section, these materials are more or less direct in nature with little or no analysis. Examples of such topics are the names of lord krsna, analogies, verses with common themes, etc.
On 27th September, Bhagavata Subodhini promo was shown during the GBC Leadership College sessions organised at Govardhan Eco village and the book was presented to HH Bhakti Charu Maharaja who appreciated the efforts of publishing the book. During his talk he mentioned that personal association of Srila Prabhupada can be obtained through his books. He congratulated the Bhaktivedanta Vidyapitha students for connecting with Srila Prabhupada book and compiling Bhagavata Subodhini.
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