Shreemad Bhagavatam Full Course
In 2015, Paramahamsa Vishwananda gave an extensive commentary on one of the most highly regarded scriptures in all of Hinduism, the Shreemad Bhagavatam. Over the course of seven days, Paramahamsa Vishwananda introduced the essential teachings of the Bhagavatam and how to apply this wisdom to living in our modern world. For any spiritual seeker on the path of Bhakti (devotion), the Bhagavatam provides the necessary foundation to deepen one’s relationship with the Divine. Available as a book, audio cd, and video series, one can gain the following through any of these platforms:
• Acquire a comprehensive understanding of the Shreemad Bhagavatam.
• Learn how the stories and characters relate to the spiritual path.
• Experience the inner-transformation that the Bhagavatam bestows.
"By listening to the Bhagavatam, by realising this truth inside oneself, one automatically is transformed. And this transformation is not only for you. By transforming yourself, it’s a blessing for the welfare of the people around you, who also benefit from it." – Paramahamsa Sri Swami Vishwananda
Run Time is approximately 48 hours in total.
DAY 1 - The Essence of Shreemad Bhagavatam
On Day 1 of the Shreemad Bhagavatam course, Paramahamsa Sri Swami Vishwananda teaches about the context and background of this greatly revered scripture. Swamiji illustrates that the Shreemad Bhagavatam isn’t an ordinary book, but It is an incarnation of Bhagavan Himself. To help one study this manifestation, Swamiji has included detailed relevant knowledge to serve as a foundation. Swamiji's commentary not only explains the meanings behind each narrative, but he clearly gives the practical advice from these stories for our everyday lives. Day 1 can be seen as an in-depth introduction to the Shreemad Bhagavatam. It answers the questions, "What is the Shreemad Bhagavatam?" "How did It come into being?" "What are the benefits from hearing the Shreemad Bhagavatam?" and more. By understanding how it is that Suka Dev came to be narrating the Bhagavatam to King Parakshit, Swamiji prepares one for the proceeding commentaries, so that one may truly receive the complete essence of the Shreemad Bhagavatam.
DAY 2 - The Essence of Shreemad Bhagavatam
On Day 2 of the Shreemad Bhagavatam course, Paramahamsa Sri Swami Vishwananda starts the discourse with the death Bhishma in the presence of Lord Krishna. The latter half of the course is focused on King Parikshit, to whom the Shreemad Bhagavatam is narrated by Sage Sukadev. As discussed in the course, King Parikshit had become cursed by a Brahmin to die in seven days by snake-bite. It is through this curse that King Parikshit came to hear of the Shreemad Bhagavatam, so that he could be spiritually transformed and attain the final goal of life ̶ the Lotus Feet of the Lord. Day 2 concludes with the story of the Varaha Avatar and also the story of Lord Kapila’s birth.
DAY 3 - The Essence of Shreemad Bhagavatam
On Day 3 of the Shreemad Bhagavatam, Paramahamsa Sri Swami Vishwananda shares insights into some of the key stories that create the body of the Bhagavatam. The commentary covers stories with characters such as King Puranjana, King Priyavrata Guru, the great bhakta Dhurva, Ajamila and more. Each of these stories demonstrates the tools necessary for the attainment of the Lord. By personally selecting these stories, Swamiji expounds upon the qualities needed for one grow spiritually and attain the Divine, as well as, how to avoid the traps that make one fall on the path towards God. These stories serve as a preparation for the coming commentary of the Krishna avatar later in the course.
DAY 4 - The Essence of Shreemad Bhagavatam
On Day 4 of the Shreemad Bhagavatam course, Paramahamsa Sri Swami Vishwananda continues to narrate on some of the most well-known stories found in Hinduism. The discourse begins with the story of Jaya and Vijaya (the gatekeepers of Maha Vishnu) and how they became cursed to incarnate on Earth. The story of Jaya and Vijaya sets the context for the appearance of Lord Narasimha, the half-man/half-lion incarnation of Maha Vishnu. In addition to this, Swamiji gives commentary on perhaps the most universally-known story in Hinduism: the Churning of the Milky Ocean. The Churning of the Milky Ocean is a Hindu classic that has inspired the Kumbh Mela, the vast pilgrimage of Hindu’s that occurs cyclically. Also included in Day 4 is the story of Gajendra, the elephant king who got himself locked between the jaws of a crocodile, and had to surrender himself to the Lord for salvation. Towards the end of Day 4, Guruji covers two more incarnations of the Dashavatar by including the Vamana Avatar and the Matsya Avatar into his commentary.
DAY 5 - The Essence of Shreemad Bhagavatam
On Day 5 of the Shreemad Bhagavatam course, Paramahamsa Sri Swami Vishwananda tells the epic story of Lord Rama, the seventh incarnation of Maha Vishnu who is known for His virtue and honour. Sri Swami Vishwananda captures the primary details of Sri Rama’s life in order to paint a clear picture as to who the Ram Avatar is. The story of Rama also helps to build a foundation for the Krishna Avatar, who is the primary deity of the Shreemad Bhagavatam. Supplement to the story of Sri Rama, Swamiji delivers a concentrated discourse on the Parashuram Avatar, who was the incarnation of Maha Vishnu that preceded Sri Ram. The discourse ends with the beginning of Lord Krishna’s life and includes a few stories from His childhood.
DAY 6 - The Essence of the Shreemad Bhagavatam
On Day 6 of the Shreemad Bhagavatam course, Sri Swami Vishwananda shares insights into the Leela’s of Sri Krishna. Swamiji covers the most well-known stories that exemplify the sweetness and hierarchy of Lord Krishna. As a baby, Krishna was accused of eating mud, but when mother Yashoda asked Krishna to open His mouth, instead of seeing mud, she was given the vision of the entire universe. Like this, in Day 6 of the Shreemad Bhagavatam course, there are many narratives that capture the pastimes of Krishna. Not to mention, Day 6 also includes a verse-by-verse commentary on the Gopi Gita and commentary on the Raas Leela. From conquering the demons Aghasur, Bakaasura, Kaliya and more, to growing older and teasing the Gopis by hiding their clothes, the Leela’s of Krishna are unique and at times, a mystery. Sri Swami Vishwananda explains the unseen depths of these stories by giving us the context of Krishna’s actions, as well as, the practical lessons that can be applied to our spiritual path.
DAY 7 - The Essence of Shreemad Bhagavatam
On Day 7 of the Shreemad Bhagavatam course, Paramahamsa Sri Swami Vishwananda covers the latter half of Sri Krishna’s life. The commentary begins with the battle of Lord Krishna and Kamsa. The inevitable victory of Krishna marks a transition in His life. Krishna goes from being a cowherd in Vrindavan to a noble prince in Mathura and more. Day 7 also includes the story of Sudama and how Krishna was re-united with his childhood friend. In addition to those stories, Swamiji gives commentary on the purpose of the Mahbharat war, the Uddhava Gita, and the death of the Yadu clan, including Lord Krishna Himself. The course concludes with the death of King Parikshit, who had attained the Lord due to the narration of the Bhagavatam by Sukadev.