The Light of the Bhagavat Series is a weekly gathering for the purpose of hearing from the sacred texts. It serves as the core gathering of the Bhakti Center’s community of practitioners.
The Srimad Bhagavatam (Bhagavat Purana, or simply the Bhagavatam) holds a prominent position in India’s voluminous spiritual literature. Consisting of about 18,000 Sanskrit verses, it blends profound theological insight and social and ethical reflection with exquisite poetry to develop its evolved doctrine of bhakti. The Bhagavatam takes the form of a collection of stories narrated by the rishi Sukadeva to King Parikshit, the grandson of Arjuna of the Bhagavad-gita. Regarding its influence, Professor Edwin F Bryant notes that the Bhagavatam “has inspired more derivative literature, poetry, drama, dance, theater and art than any other text in the history of Sanskrit literature, with the possible exception of the Ramayana.”
Rather than go through the entire Bhagavatam in chronological order, the series will cover one story in the Bhagavatam at a time, focusing on particularly relevant topics. A small group of regular speakers will each be assigned one section per week. Those who regularly attend will not only learn the particular pastime in depth but benefit from the shared experience of prayerfully trying to enter into the meaning of the Bhagavatam as a group experience.
The 14th segment in the series covers the Bhagavatam’s 1st Canto, 15th Chapter and is entitled “The Pandavas Retire Timely”. This section of the Bhagavatam describes how in the absence of Lord Krishna the Pandava’s took shelter of His remembrance and instructions, and left the kingdom of Hastinapur to live the final stages of their lives in the forest.
Make your Sunday morning study complete by memorizing and reciting verses from Bhagavad-gita and other sacred texts in a group setting. Sacred Chants – Sunday mornings from 10:00-11:00.
11:00am – Talk on Srimad Bhagavatam (time will be alotted for questions and answers).
12:00pm – Kirtan & Arati.
12:30pm – Announcements & Prasad at Taste of Bhakti