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.