Gayatri, Vedanta Sutra and Mahabharata Culminate in Srimad Bhagavatam

Tradition holds this book, Śrīmad Bhāgavatam, to be the evolution, sequel, commentary, and natural progression of the most important literary works of Vedic, Upanishadic and Puranic culture.

Among all Vedic mantra, the Brahmā Gayatrī is most renowned. It directs us to place our meditation (“dhīmahi”) upon the source of all light. Śrīmad Bhāgavatam is held as the evolution of this mantra because it gives the same directive (“dhīmahi”) and also gives us ample and delightful descriptions of the All-Attractive Origin upon whom the Brahmā Gayatrī advises us to meditate.

Among all Upanishads, Vedānta Sūtra stands at the fore. It begins by defining the Supreme as the source of all things (“janmādy asya yataḥ”). Śrīmad Bhāgavatam begins with the same definition (“janmādy asya yataḥ”) and goes a step further to define the intimate personality of and all-attractive nature of that Ultimate Source.

In Puranic culture, the Mahābhārata is the greatest and most beloved work. From chapter 7 onward, Śrīmad Bhāgavatam establishes itself as a sequel to Mahābhārata.

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About Vic DiCara

Author of 27 Stars 27 Gods, Radically Deep Fundamentals of Astrology, and Beautifully Rational Philosophy of Astrology; Sanskrit translator of Bhagavad-Gītā, Bhāgavata Purāṇa, and Mādhurya Kādambinī. Bhakti-tīrtha vidyārthi at JIVA Institute of Vṛndāvana under the learned tutelage of Śrī Satyanārāyana dāsa Bābājī. Bhakti-śāstrī vidyārthi & adhyāpaka at Vṛndāvana Institute of Higher Education. …but all this doesn’t fully describe Vic. For the rest, best to meet him. Or, hypothesize it via “July 27, 1970 at 19:38 in Bay Shore New York.” View all posts by Vic DiCara

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