31 Facts About Bhagavata Purana


Bhagavata Purana, known as the Srimad Bhagavatam, Srimad Bhagavata Mahapurana or simply Bhagavata, is one of Hinduism's eighteen great Puranas .

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Bhagavata Purana is a revered text in Vaishnavism, a Hindu tradition that reveres Vishnu.

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However the Bhagavata Purana asserts that the inner nature and outer form of Krishna is identical to the Vedas and that this is what rescues the world from the forces of evil.

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The common manuscript for translations of the Bhagavata Purana - seemingly used by both Swami Prabhupada and Bibek Debroy- is the Bhagavatamahapuranam, a reprint of Khemraj Shri Krishnadas' manuscript .

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The mixture of fixed form [the Puranic Characteristics] and seemingly endless variety of content has enabled the Bhagavata Purana to be communicative vehicles for a range of cultural positions.

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Bhagavata Purana will be just like an affectionate father to his citizens, and he will treat himself as the most obedient servant of the devotees, who always preach the glories of the Lord.

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Bhagavata Purana will treat his own wife like one half of his own self.

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Bhagavata Purana will be a servant to those who know about the Brahman.

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Bhagavata Purana is the supreme lord who alone conquers his own gunas.

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Bhagavata Purana is supreme ruler of the universe and the eternal refugee of all living beings.

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Cutler states the Bhagavata Purana is among the most important texts on bhakti, presenting a fully developed teaching that originated with the Bhagavad Gita.

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Bryant states that while classical yoga attempts to shut down the mind and senses, Bhakti Yoga in the Bhagavata Purana teaches that the mind is transformed by filling it with thoughts of Krishna.

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Matchett states that in addition to various didactic philosophical passages the Bhagavata Purana describes one of the activities that can lead to liberation as listening to, reflecting on the stories of, and sharing devotion for Krishna with others.

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Bhakti is depicted in the Bhagavata Purana, adds Matchett, as both an overpowering emotion as well as a way of life that is rational and deliberately cultivated.

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Bhagavata Purana'sridan points out that in the Third Canto, Kapila is described as an avatar of Vishnu, born as the son of the sage Kardama Muni, in order to share the knowledge of self-realization and liberation with his mother, Devahuti; in the Eleventh Canto, Krishna teaches Samkhya to Uddhava, describing the world as an illusion, and the individual as dreaming, even while in the waking state.

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The Bhagavata Purana is stated to parallel the non-duality of Adi Shankara by Sheridan.

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Bryant states that the monism in Bhagavata Purana is certainly built on Vedanta foundations, but not exactly the same as the monism of Adi Shankara.

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The Bhagavata Purana asserts, according to Bryant, that the empirical and the spiritual universe are both metaphysical realities, and manifestations of the same Oneness, just like heat and light are "real but different" manifestations of sunlight.

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The Bhagavata Purana develops the Bhakti concept more elaborately, states Cutler, proposing "worship without ulterior motive and with kind disposition towards all" as Dharma.

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Sarma states that the Bhagavata Purana describes all steps of yoga practice, and characterizes yoga as bhakti, asserting that the most important aspect is the spiritual goal.

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However, adds Bryant, the Bhagavata Purana recommends the object of concentration as Krishna, thus folding in yoga as a form of bhakti and the "union with the divine".

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Philosophy of the Bhagavata Purana is a mixture of Vedanta terminology, Samkhyan metaphysics and devotionalized Yoga praxis.

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Source of many popular stories of Krishna's pastimes for centuries in the Indian subcontinent, the Bhagavata Purana is widely recognized as the best-known and most influential of the Puranas, and as a part of Vedic literature is referred to as the "Fifth Veda".

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Stories in the Bhagavata Purana are the legends quoted by one generation to the next in Vaishnavism, during annual festivals such as Holi and Diwali.

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Bhagavata Purana has played a significant role in the emergence of the Krishna-bhakti movement of Lord Chaitanya, in Bengal.

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Bhagavata Purana is accompanied by His associates, servants, weapons and confidential companions.

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In northern and western India the Bhagavata Purana has influenced the Hari Bhakti Vilasa and Haveli-style Krishna temples found in Braj region near Mathura-Vrindavan.

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Fifth canto of the Bhagavata Purana is significant for its inclusion of legends about the first Tirthankara of Jainism, Rishabha, as an avatar of Vishnu.

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Bhagavata Purana played a key role in the history of Indian theatre, music, and dance, particularly through the tradition of Ras and Leela.

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Bhagavata Purana is one of the most commented texts in Indian literature.

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Bhagavata Purana has been rendered into various Indian and non-Indian languages.

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