Dear Devotees,

Please accept my humble obeisances,

All glories to Guru and Gauranga

All glories to Srila Prabhupada

What are different ways to read / study Srimad Bhagvatam. Can we complete it in one year. Do you have any plans, how to complete all cantos in 1 or few year.

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  • Here in mayapur, 4 to 5  devotees are comming together for reading and discussing about Srimad Bhagvatam and other Prabhupada Books for 2 hours daily. This method is also wonderful and group members will not feel boring as disscusion is interactive process. We can also set targets completeing group reading. 

    Also in one lecture I heard some devotees made group for reading 1 chapter of Srimad Bhagvad Gita on daily daily basis. 

    This is also a workable solution.

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  • hare krishna.dandvat pranam prabhuji. 

    there is a book in iskcon related to bhagvatam.

    the name of this book - srimad bhagvatam condensed,in story form

    one can go through this book to understand bhagvatam in short time.

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  • Hare Krsna Prabhuji

    Prabhupada has advised the serious reader to start from the first Canto and proceed step by step to the twelfth Canto.

    The following are the number of chapters in each Canto:

    1 Ca. 19 Ch.

    2 Ca. 10 Ch.

    3 Ca. 33 Ch.

    4 Ca. 31 Ch.

    5 Ca. 26 Ch.

    6 Ca. 19 Ch.

    7 Ca. 15 Ch.

    8 Ca. 24 Ch.

    9 Ca. 24 Ch.

    10 Ca. 89 Ch.

    11 Ca. 31 Ch.

    12 Ca. 13 Ch.

    Total 324 Chapters

    If you read a chapter a day then you will complete the task within a year of one serious reading.

    As you read you may need to refer to Bhagavad Gita time and again so keep that also in your mind.

    Hari Bol! 

    • Hare Krishna Santosh prabhuji,

      I was thinking on the same line few months ago.

      I was thinking how and when will I finish 18 books and was  very desperately wanted to finish it quickly.

      Looked like a big project to me. But then what I decided was to read the slokas and english translation (skipping the purport) and after all the 18,000 slokas and english translation of those slokas will be finished(expecting it to be finished in 5-6 months, 30 minutes everyday), I will start all over again with full purport  .

      Anyways many times it happens that when we read certain things second time , it gets clearer and clearer.

      It work out well for me.

      Jai shree gokulesh

      • Volunteer

        Hare Krishna dear Mataji, please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

        Of course reading Sanskrit loudly enough creates auspiciousness but the main thing should be understand Bhagavatam and apply it in our life.

        Srila Prabhupada even used to read his own purports. He used to say that these are not my writings but he was just instrument. Because of that only purports find out so many Devotees all around the world not Sanskrit verses or original texts.

        Because in Kali yuga we do not have enough good intelligence and we can not understand the true message. Because of that we need purports.

        Again, no need to try to finish it within one year if it is not possible. It is important that we understand every message and apply it in our life. When we complete one round of Bhagavatam we start them again. There is no end in reading Srimad Bhagavatam.

        Even if we read it for 4-5 times we will get ever new realizations.

         Your servant, 

        • Hare Krsna Alka Mataji

          Let me relate my experience.

          At first i read at random so as to generate an interest in the great literature.

          In my second reading i went through all the 17,994 verses but missing the Purport sometimes here and there.

          This year somehow i got the inspiration to read every word carefully of every Purport as well. It is only now that can i say i have been able to digest or relish Srimad Bhagavatam uptill the middle of ninth Canto.

          Now through the grace of Srila Prabhupada i may enter the summum bonum of Srimad Bhagavatam that is the Tenth Canto itself.

          Like Bhaktin Maral says Srimad Bhagavatam is a source of ever new realizations.

          It becomes much easier through the grace of Srila Prabhupada if we follow his instructions of not skipping even a word.

          Happy reading to all who are fortunate indeed!

          P.S. Prabhupada mentions some portions to be read more than once. For example the narration of Prthu Maharaja in the fourth Canto should be read atleast 3 times for those desiring benefit from that reading.

  • Volunteer

    Hare Krishna Santosh Prabhu, please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

    It is possible to read for 2-3 hours a day and could complete Bhagavatam within a year. 

    But main thing is not to complete but to understand the contents, isn't it Prabhuji?!

    I heard that when we read Bhagavatam we have to read it louder so that we can hear our voice. 

    Usually, i while reading put some side music and read. Very nice. 

    The main problem is we may think that we do not have free 2 hours a day. 

    There are ways of saving time:

    ---to sleep not more than 6  for Prabhus, not more than 7 for Matajis.

    ---to sleep on time and wake up in Brahma Muhurta. Srila Prabhupada told that it is nice to sleep at 8 PM and wake up 2-3. Because in the morning it is easy to chant our rounds. We will be able to finish them within 2-3 hours. 

    ---Not to over eat. It will also consume our time. 

    ---No TV, no gossip

    ---Better if we plan every our action. It will save our time. 


    Your servant, 

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