Srimad Bhagavatham, was composed by the great sage Sri Veda Vyasa Badarayana . He imbued his narration with an abiding note of devotion, making it sweet, nourishing and ecstatic. Thus Sreemad Bhaagavatam excels as a masterly spiritual, devotional and philosophical composition. Mind is the focus everywhere, with its immense potentials and possibilities, with an exhortation to sink within and unearth the great treasure.
Srimad Bhagavatam promotes Bhakti-yoga (the path of complete devotion to the Supreme Lord) as the supreme path to reach the goal of human existence in this dark age of Kali yuga. Srimad Bhagavatam contains twelve cantos.
The first canto is a continuation of the story of the Mahabharata. It deals with the later happenings after the Great War. In the second canto of Srimad Bhagavatam Suka deva explains to Parikshit that when death is imminent, one should concentrate on God and relinquish all earthly desires. He also explains how death occurs and the nature of the world of delusion. The third canto deals with the nature of conflict between good and evil and also talks of Vidura, the minister of the Kauravas who left for meditation in order to avoid his participation in the Mahabharata war. There are also accounts of several incarnations of Lord Vishnu. The fourth canto has reference to Lord Shiva who destroyed the Yajna performed by his father-in-law Daksha, following the self-immolation by Sati. Fifth canto talks of seven oceans and seven islands of the earth. Among the seven islands, Jammudwipa that is Bharat, is the best according to the epic. It tells the story of Raja Bharat from which the country derives its name.
In the sixth conto of Srimad Bhagavatam, the stories of the Vritra, king Chitraketu and sage Dadhichi are described. The seventh canto tells the story of Jaya and Vijaya who were attendants of Lord Vishnu but cursed to take the births as Hiranyaksha and Hiranyakashipu, Ravana and Kumbhakarna and Shishupala and Dantavaktra respectively and killed by Vishnu in his three different incarnations. The origins of Lakshmi and amrita from the ocean and two other incarnations of Vishnu are described in eighth canto. The stories of some great devotees and the descent of the river Ganga to the earth are narrated in the ninth canto. The tenth canto is considered very important since it narrates the story of the birth of Krishna in Mathura and his activities in the Gokul and in Dwarka. The eleventh canto is deeply philosophical and most popular among the devotees. The subject matter of the canto relates to Dhyana Yoga, Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga. The twelfth canto a glimpse of things to come in Kaliyuga are described. Raja Parikshit leaves his mortal frame with full contentment.
Srimadbhagavatham, molds the devotee to aspire for the Lord Himself & nothing from the Lord. Sri Krishna tells Uddhava his dearest and trusted devotee in the eleventh chapter, that the one who has surrendered his heart to the Lord will not desire either the post of Brahma, Indra or to become a ruler on earth or in netherworld,nor will he desire yoga siddhi or moksha, except the Lord Himself.
Krishna himself clarifies this doubt in Srimad bhagavatham by saying that the desire of those, who approach him to satisfy the baser instincts, become like roasted seeds which never shoot up again,(Bh.10-22-28) In the 11th skandha Krishna remarks that the gopis attained that state which even the yogis find difficult to reach by their sheer love.(Bh.11-12-13). Swami Vivekananda has said that to understand the love of gopis it is first essential to make yourself pure as it could not be understood with impure minds. It is to be remembered that the one who told the story was Suka who was a self-realised master and those who gathered to hear him were the sages who have renounced the world.
Let us pray, that we are also blessed with such pure devotion which will take us closer to God, making us feel like Uddava & the Gopis who were unable to bear the pangs of seperation even for a half a second. So we pray to Yogeshwara, MahaYogeshwara, Maha Yogeshwareshwara Sri Krishna to please take us with HIM.