Srimad Bhagavatam

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"Srimad Bhagavatam," meaning “Story of the Fortunate One," is text that is considered one of the main collections of wisdom in Hinduism, covering a wide range of knowledge from the nature of the Self to astrology, geography, music, dance, culture and yoga. The focus is Bhakti yoga and devotion to Krishna, one of the main Hindu gods and in some traditions, the supreme deity.

Also known as the "Bhagavata Purana," this text is believed to have been written by the philosopher, Vyasadeva, who also authored the Bhagavad Gita.

Yogapedia explains Srimad Bhagavatam

One of the 18 main puranas in the Vedic tradition, "Srimad Bhagavatam" is considered the most popular. In addition to its many areas of knowledge, this ancient holy text describes Krishna's childhood and early life.

"Srimad Bhagavatam" consists of 18,000 verses. There are 12 cantos, or subdivisions, and each area of knowledge is presented in a separate canto. The cantos are:

  • Creation
  • The Cosmic Manifestation
  • The Status Quo
  • The Creation of the Fourth Order
  • The Creative Impetus
  • Prescribed Duties for Mankind
  • The Science of God
  • Withdrawal of the Cosmic Creations
  • Liberation
  • The Summum Bonum
  • Krishna's Final Instructions
  • The Age of Deterioration
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