Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada! All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga!
Thank you for expressing your interest for the serious study of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is the sound incarnation of the Supreme Lords complete manifestation. When the sun like all – auspicious Krishna left for His own abode, this sun like Purana has arisen in the sky of spiritual life to eternally benefit the conditioned soul who has lost their vision due to darkness of ignorance.
Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is the spotless Purāṇa. It is most dear to the Vaiṣṇavas because it describes the pure and supreme knowledge of the paramahaṁsas. This Bhāgavatam not only reveals the means for becoming free from all material work but also gives us the processes of transcendental knowledge, renunciation, and devotion. Anyone who seriously tries to understand Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, who properly hears and chants it with devotion, becomes completely liberated.
Despite knowing about the glories of the hearing Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, we still find it difficult to make it a part of our everyday life. Even if we do start reading the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, going through all the purports takes a long time. If somebody with his regular reading reaches the 6th or 7th canto, he may not remember what he read in 2nd or 3rd canto. We have come across many devotees who are in fear to even start reading Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam simply thinking about its vastness.
Following the techniques of the Sadhus
After inquiring from number of senior devotees about various ways of studying Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam we have devised an very simple and easy way of taking shelter of Srimad Bhagavatam.
Self Study of Srimad Bhagavatam
Our approach will be to read Srila Prabhupada’s Translations of the verses in the English language. Once you start reading only the translations, it appears like a story & you can easily experience a flow. It is like the same experience one gets while reading Krishna book written by Srila Prabhupada. With only 15-20 minutes per day, you can complete one chapters translations.
Along with reading translations, We encourage devotees to continue their regular studying of reading Srimad Bhagavatam with the purports. In these purports, Srila Prabhupada has summarized the teachings of all the acharyas, so it is very important to take shelter of Srila Prabhupada’s purports every day.
The Self study course includes reading of one chapters translations and one verse with its purport every day. You can increase reading of chapters per day and verse per day as per availability of your time.
Day 1: Reading Chapter One of First Canto with the help of Translations and Reading verse number 1.1.1 with Purport
Day 2: Reading Chapter Two of First Canto with the help of Translations and Reading verse number 1.1.2 with Purport.
Day 3: Reading Chapter Three of First Canto with the help of Translations and Reading verse number 1.1.3 with Purport.
What are the Benefits?
By adopting this technique, it will help you to get a complete overview of each chapter every day and an overview of entire Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam in a shorter span. This will naturally help you in your preaching activities and/or give seminars on Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. With this technique of reading translations, it will help you to know different pastimes of Lord and his devotees present in different Cantos of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. And since we are studying minimum of one verse per day with the purport it will help you to understand the purports nicely.
Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam has in total 335 chapters. If we read 1 chapter every day without fail then we can complete the reading of entire Srimad Bhagavatam in less than a year by just spending 15 minutes per day! (For Translations)And if we can spend 30 minutes we can read 2 chapters per day (For Translations) & if we can give 45 minutes then certainly we can read 3 chapters per day (For Translations). In this way, one can read the entire Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam number of times a year!
We are providing you with six attachments.
1. Srimad Bhagavata Mahapurana, 931 pages
2. Srimad Bhagavatam Mahapurana For Printing, 712 pages
3. One Month Anusthan Timetable
4. Two Month Anusthan Timetable
5. Srimad Bhagavata Mahapurana – His Divine Grace A C Bhaktivedanta Swami P.epub
6. Srimad Bhagavata Mahapurana – His Divine Grace A C Bhaktivedanta Swami P.mobi
We request you to print either (1) or (2) whichever suits you better. Although we are providing you with an e-pub and Kindle version, it is most effective if you print these pages in a book form. It could be divided into 5 parts to make it easy for you to carry it with you. Trust me, it will be most relishable. It may cost you a little money for printing, but it is the best investment you can make for your spiritual journey.
After taking Printouts:
Canto 1,2 & 3 can be binded in Part-1 book.
Canto 4,5,& 6 can be binded in Part-2 book.
Canto 7,8,9 can be binded up Part-3 book.
Canto 10 binded in Part-4 (one book)
Canto 11,12 can be binded up in Part-5
We are also providing you a timetable (3) and (4) with the help of which you can complete the reading of the entire Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (only translations) in one month or two months time. During the month of Kartik, many devotees have taken to such an anuṣṭhāna.
We hope and pray that this simple technique will really help devotees to develop a taste for reading Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam on a daily basis. It is sure to take your realizations to a different level. Along with the translations, we have also provided you with the Glories of the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam from the various Puranas which will further increase your faith in this spotless Purana.