Srimad-Bhagavatam, Third Canto

Jeho Božská Milost A. Č. Bhaktivedánta Svámí Prabhupáda
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After compiling the Vedas, Srila Vyasadeva was inspired to present their profound essence in the form of Srimad-Bhagavatam. As “the ripened fruit of the tree of Vedic literature,” the first verse of Srimad-Bhagavatam makes clear that because the book is intended for people serious about spiritual progress, it will not deal with sectarian religious ideas, philosophical conjecture, or worldly concerns. The second text promises that anyone who reads the Srimad-Bhagavatam systematically will achieve the spiritual success meant to be attained by all human beings.

Canto Three, “The Status Quo,” tells of Vidura’s pilgrimage to holy places and his meeting with an ecstatic Uddhava, from whom he hears of Krsna’s departure. Uddhava later meets Maitreya and hears from him about creation. Also told in this canto are the births of Hiranyakasipu and Hiranyaksa and Hiranyaksa's death at the hands of Varahadeva. Kardama Muni and Devahuti marry, and their divine son, Kapiladeva, teaches devotional Sankhya philosophy, including an analysis of the material world and how to become liberated from it.

This edition of Bhagavatam is the only complete English translation with an elaborate and scholarly commentary, and it is the first edition widely available to the English-reading public. This work is the product of the scholarly and devotional effort of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the world's most distinguished teacher of Indian religious and philosophical thought. His Sanskrit scholarship and intimate familiarity with Vedic culture combine to reveal to the West a magnificent exposition of this important classic.

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Při jejich prvním setkání v roce 1922 Šríla Bhaktisiddhánta Sarasvatí požádal Šrílu Prabhupádu, aby šířil védskou moudrost v angličtině. Během následujících let napsal Šríla Prabhupáda komentář k Bhagavad-gítě, podporoval Gaudíja Math v jeho působení a v roce 1944 začal sám vydávat anglicky psaný čtrnáctideník Zpátky k Bohu. Sám dělal redakční úpravy, přepisoval rukopisy, obstarával korektury, a dokonce osobně distribuoval jednotlivá čísla. Tento časopis nyní dále vydávají jeho žáci.