SRIMAD BHAGAVATAM, A SYMPHONY OF COMMENTARIES ON THE TENTH CANTO (VOLUME 1)

Translated by Gaurapada Dasa. Edited by Matsya Avatar Das Pages: 704. Hardback with Jacket
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Srīmad Bhāgavatam A Symphony of Commentaries on the Tenth Canto (Volume 1) Srila Prabhupada had written, "Within the past five hundred years, many erudite scholars of Acaryas like Jiva Gosvami, Sanatana Gosvami, Visvanatha Cakravarti, Vallabhacarya and many other distinguished scholars even after the time of Lord Caitanya made elaborate commentaries on the Bhagavatam. And the serious student would do well to attempt to go through them to better relish the transcendental messages." Srimad Bhagavatam is the nectar churned from the ocean of all revealed scriptures, the ripened fruit of the Vedas and its syllables rain pure love for the Almighty. This unalloyed spotless transcendental knowledge flows endlessly from Lord Krishna to the exalted and pure souls whose life and soul is Lord Krishna and such pure souls become a transparent medium for us to understand the intricate dynamics of the nectar of devotion and the nectarean Almighty Lord Sri Krishna. The treasured nectar of Bhagavatam has been impeccably churned by the scholarly stalwarts of Gaudiya Vaisnava lineage in the Symphony of Commentaries of the Tenth Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam. The Bhagavata Purana is the foremost Vedic scripture, and the tenth canto encompasses the highest sweetness and the topmost philosophy. The Bhagavatam thus effuses the very nature of Sri Krsna. The four Vaisnava traditions are represented here by the commentaries of Madhvacarya and others. The syntactical connection of each verse is shown, along with the name of the meter. The sequence of Krsna’s pastimes in Vraja is given in the introduction, and so are the Acaryas’ invocatory verses. The magic of Krsna’s flute sparked a symphony of commentaries on His pastimes. This symphony resonates with the rasika bhaktas. Among the Twelve Cantos of Srimad Bhagavatam, the tenth Canto is the casket of precious jewels, as it is the treasure trove of the pastimes of Lord Sri Krishna Himself. The Symphony of Commentaries of the Tenth Canto elucidates the track which leads the reader to expunge every tinge of doubt about the appearance of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna. The commentaries enable the readers to decipher the Etymology of Bhagavatam and other such terminologies, makes the nectarean contents further transcendental and establishes that though, due to time, the anatomy of presentation of the nectarean knowledge might have diversified, but at the core, it is profound and non-different. Stalwarts like the Six Gosvamis were articulately pursued by their true successors namely, Visvanatha Chakravarti, Baladeva Vidyabhusana and many others, whose commentaries not only clear all clouds and enable better understanding but also establishes the richness of the Gaudiya Vaisnava Lineage. The rich commentaries of the Crème de la crème of Gaudiya Vaisnava lineage ensemble hit the paradigm of understanding the intricacies of Srimad Bhagavatam. Not only does each stalwart belong to a different era, but the very expression of each individual, becomes an unfathomable ocean of reverential love and the resplendent knowledge of Godhead. Be it Srila Sridhar Svami, Srila Visvanatha Chakrabarti Thakur, Srila Sanatana Gosvami, Srila Jiva Gosvami, Baladeva Vidyabhusana, Srinatha Pandit, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur or Srila Vallabhacarya, they simply nailed it! Any form of expression in any language would fall short when penning down the glories of The Supreme Almighty, Sri Krsna’s appearance. But these individuals from different eras where classic or medieval forms of expression were prevalent, uphold the glory and significance of Lord Krsna’s appearance magnificently. The common line that runs through all of them is the profound expertise each had over the Sanskrit language. Keeping any text consistently intact, without any personal interpretation is a difficult task. In this case, every individual prudent Vaisnava have given word for word meanings, translations and purports to all the verses without a tinge of any sort of personal transliteration. For any Vaisnava or practicing Vaisnava, scholar or linguist, the book Symphony of Commentaries on the Tenth Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam is an endless reservoir of nectar of devotion. The reader will not only experience bliss but will realize the limitless girth and immeasurable depth of the love these Gaudiya Vaisnava leaders had for the Supreme Lord, but will be inspired by and appreciate the knowledge and instructions the ripened fruit of Vedas, Srimad Bhagavatam offer to every reader which in turn makes the individual fall in love with the reservoir of love, Sri Krsna Himself. The commentators are: Sridhara Swami, Sanatana Goswami, Vallabhacarya, Visvanatha Chakravarti Thakur, Jiva Goswami, Baladeva Vidyabhusana, Srinatha Pandita, Vijayadhvaja Tirtha, Vira-Raghava, on occasion Madhavacarya and finally Srila Bhaktisiddhanta. This first volume covers Chapters 1-3, of the 90 Chapters of the Tenth Canto.
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