Welcome to the site of the Śrīmad
Bhāgavatam (or the Bhāgavata Purāna).
Here you will find the complete and up-to-date
maintained in Sanskrit, English and Dutch of this most important sacred
book of stories of India. India knows many purānas or storybooks, but this collection of
stories is generally accepted as being the most complete and important.
The book, arranged in twelve so-called cantos, comprises 335 chapters with about 18000 verses. Truly
a bible thus [a so-called samhitā]. It
is this collection of stories that stresses the prime
importance of the maintaining aspect of God personified by the
transcendental form of Lord Viṣṇu.
The writer of this book is named Kṛṣṇa Dvaipāyana
Vyāsadeva, also called
Bādarāyana. He is the Lord, the bhagavān, among the philosophers, who in India
assembled all the holy texts. He compiled the Vedas, also known
as śruti, containing the basic wisdom, the
mantras for the rituals and the hymns. He also wrote the Mahābhārata, which is the greatest epic poem in the
world. It describes the history (itihāsa)
that the Vedic culture
once made. The Bhagavad Gītā is the most important part of it.
of the eighteen great
story books (the purānas) of
as also the Brahma-sūtra, his masterpiece on the
The representative of Viṣṇu on earth
named the Fortunate One in this book. We know Him specifically by the
names of Lord
Rāma and Lord Kṛṣṇa.
the Lord who is known in different forms or
incarnations, but also the devotees are part of His reality and are
also called bhāgavata when they are of pure devotion. Thus
there is the Lord
in His many appearances, the devotee with as many faces and the book.
They are all called Fortunate. To be fortunate means to be of the
or to carry, or live by, the fullness of God's riches, beauty, fame,
power, knowledge and detachment.
Vyāsa was a grandfather of the Kuru dynasty. He
lived a very long time. His long duration of life enabled him to write
the story of the Fortunate One and all the other books. He had a son
who handed the message of this bible down to
another member of the family, Emperor Parīkchit, who had difficulty respecting the classical
wisdom. This emperor is there as a model for us normal people who seek
stability in the wisdom. This knowledge was conveyed by Śuka in
disciplic succession (paramparā),
(the ācāryas) the science of devotional service (bhakti). This book, and its culture, was brought
to the West by the Vaishnava,
the Viṣṇu-monk, Swami
Together with his pupils (known as the Hare Kṛṣṇas of ISKCON) he realized a
verse by verse commented series of books
covering the entire Bhāgavatam. This
site offers not all these
texts (see for that purpose vedabase.io)
does offer under the Creative Commons
an as-it-is translation of the verses in a concatenated form complete
with the previous version. This text is regularly updated and
by Anand Aadhar Prabhu (René P. B. A. Meijer), a dutch psychologist converted to the
philosophy of yoga
who received instruction in the temples of ISKCON and elsewhere. His predecessor in
this duty was Śrī
(Hendrik van Teylingen) who covered most of
the translations into Dutch.
Quote of the day:
centers around the love
of Lord Kṛṣṇa
The Uddhava Gītā
in e-book pdf format
The Summum Bonum
e-book pdf format.