[Advaita-l] Books on Bhagawatam
sunil_bhattacharjya at yahoo.com
Wed May 30 23:57:07 CDT 2012
No doubt he wrote the Mahabharata for layman and woman but after completing it he realised that he failed. Then on the advice of Narada the sad rishi Vedavyasa took up the writing of the Bhagavatam. This is given in the Bhagavata-mahatmya in the Padma purana. Hope this clarifies.
From: Sarma KV <sarmakv at gmail.com>
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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
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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.
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