[Advaita-l] Books on Bhagawatam

Sarma KV sarmakv at gmail.com
Wed May 30 21:09:56 CDT 2012


The SlOkam - "stree SUdra dvija bandhUnaam trayee na SRti gOcharaa..." -
says that Vedavyasa wrote "bhaaratam" for the sake of women and laymen.

Vedavyasa wrote Srimat Bhagavatam to satisfy himself.


On Wed, May 30, 2012 at 10:16 AM, <rajaramvenk at gmail.com> wrote:

> If we read the commentaries by Sridhara and Visvanatha, we will see how
> differently they read the text. Even within a sampradaya, there are
> different readings by Jiva and Visvanatha.
> According to Bhagavatham, sun is closer to the earth than the moon. Stars
> are closer than some of the planets. How does one understand without a
> commentary?
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> On Tue, 29 May 2012, Sunil Bhattacharjya wrote:
> > Dear friends,
> >
> > With all respects to the great Shridhara swami for the trouble he had
> > taken to write the commentary on the Bhagavatam but at the same time I
> > feel sad for Vedavyasa as it appears that he failed in his mission.
> > According to the Padma purana Vedavyasa wrote the Mahabharata for the
> > layman and woman and at the end of it he was sad as he found that the
> > Mahabharata did not become as easy as necessary  for the intended
> > readers to understand it fully.
> >
> > At that stage Narada advised him to write the Bhagavatam so that it
> > should be intelligible to all and he promptly  listened to Narada's
> > advice. It is pity that Sridhara swami found that more elucidation of
> > Bhagavatam is required.
> Manana and chintana is always necessary no matter how easy the text and
> for that reasons commentaries exist.
> As for the text itself, by and large the language of the puranas and
> itihasa is pretty simple for one who knows Sanskrit.  This genre avoids
> the rhetorical and stylistic gymnastics of e.g. the mahakavyas.  The
> Bhagavata is somewhat of an anomaly because it contains a few words not
> found anywhere else.  (Some historians suspect they are loan words from
> some Dravidian language.)  But even those are rare and any enterprising
> layman who wishes to try and has a dictionary and basic grasp of vyakarana
> should be able to follow 99% without any problems.  In fact when people
> ask me for advice about learning Sanskrit I advise them to try and
> translate from these works rather than say Kalidas.
> --
> Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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