Bhagavata Saptaha in Sri Gopinatha Bhavan
Nov 12 to Nov 19 – Vrindavan, INDIA
— from 8 am to 12 pm
Speaker – Kumari Savita dasi
Translater to English – Janaki didi
“This Bhagavatam is the essence of all Vedanta philosophy because its subject matter is the Absolute Truth, is the ultimate reality, one without a second. The goal of this literature is exclusive devotional service unto that Supreme Truth: kaivalyaika prayojanam.” (Srimad Bhagavatam 12.13.12) – BBT translation.
Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja said, ”What is our goal? How to achieve? What’s the process? Krsna-bhakti is our life, the objective of our life. How can we attain perfection? What activities should we be doing? We should perform parikrama, always chanting, remembering and listening to hari-katha.
The essence of the Bhagavatam is explained in this sloka:
aradhyo bhagavan vrajesa-tanayas tad-dhama vrndavanam
ramya kacid upasana vraja-vadhu-vargena ya kalpita
Here, vraja-vadhu means the mood in which the gopis of Vraja worship Krsna, and the Srimad Bhagavatam is the immaculate scriptural evidence to verify this.
We are so happy to invite all the vaisnavas just after Kartika to join in this program at Gopinath Bhavan on the bank of the Yamuna River. We have only one request. Listen attentively to drink this nectar. The benefit of hearing Srimad Bhagavatam is inestimable. It will bestow the topmost achievement of the human form of life, krsna-prema.
1st day – 12 nov.
7:30 am – kalasayatra – ceremony of bringing pots to the bank of Yamuna to worship Srimad-Bhagavatam.
8 am – worship of Srimad-Bhagavatam – worship of sri gurudeva and of sri guru-parampara.
9 am – Bhagavata Saptaha— The glories of Srimad Bhagavatam from Padma Purana and Skanda Purana; life and teachings of Narada Muni, Sukadeva Gosvami and Srila Vyasadev; The glories of bhakti;Pariksit Maharaja; Bhisma Pitamahan; Kali-yuga dharma;Pariksit Maharaja is cursed.
2nd day – 13 nov. (8 am to 12 pm)
Virat-svarupa (universal form)and suksuma-svarupa of Bhagavan; Diferent incarnations; Catuh sloki Bhagavatam; Vidhura and Uddhava dialogue; Vidhura and Maitreya dialogue; The complete 3rd Canto and the beginning of 4th Canto.
3rd day – 14 nov. (8 am to 12 pm)
Sati-tyaga – Shiva left his wife; life and teachings of Dhruva Maharaja; the story of the Pracetas; the story of Puranjana; 5th Canto – Bhavatavi dynasty; 6th Canto – glorification of the holy name; life and teachings of Ajamila and Citraketu; Narayana Kavaca.
4th day – 15 nov. (8 am to 12 pm)
7th Canto – life and teachings of Prahlada Maharaja; 8th Canto – life and teachings of Vamana-deva; 9th Canto – Lord Rama appearance (mahotsava); story of kings from the Surya and Moon dynasties; life and teachings of Ambarisa Maharaja; The glories of Ekadasi; 10th Canto- Nandotsava.
5th day- 16 nov. (8 am to 12 pm)
Offering bhoga to Giriraj Maharaja; appearance of Radharani; Krsna-baliya – childhood pastimes; Venu-gita; Giriraj puja (Annakuta festival).
6th day- 17 nov. (8 am to 12 pm)
Rasa-lila; Yugala-gita; Pranaya-gita; Gopi-gita; Brahmara-gita; Akrura agamana; Krsna leaves; Vrindavana for Mathura; Mathura-lila.
7th day – 18 nov. (8 am to 12 pm)
Rukmini-viraha; Dvarka-lila; 11th Canto and 12th Canto.
8th day – 19 nov. (8 am to 12 pm)