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Srimad Bhagavatam is so vast and profound it would be difficult to condense it into the limitation of space covering all the principles it espouses. However, the book is a humble attempt to present some aspects, published in two parts. The concepts covered through SATYAM PARAM DHIMAHI remain rooted in the tenth volume (Dasama Skandam) of Srimad Bhagavatam, that are dealt with in these books.

Part 2 essentially analyses Shri Krishna’s pastimes that he performed after he moved from Mathura to Dwarka, while Part 1 covers his pastimes in Vrindavan and Mathura. However, since the discussion is Shri Krishna and his pastimes in both books, continuity remains.

The two books SATYAM PARAM DHIMAHI cover three sections…

  • Section 1 CREATIVE PERSEVERANCE
  • Section 2 SUSTAINED RETENTIVENESS
  • Section 3 TRANSCENDING TO THE ULTIMATE

by relating them to the activities of Shri Krishna in the three locations of Vrindavan, Mathura and Dwaraka, for the sake of convenience. While the first two sections have been covered in Part 1, section three is the main content in this book which is classified as Part 2.

Repeatedly, through his words and actions, Shri Krishna established he was not to be reckoned as an ordinary human being. He has manifested as Shri Krishna in the human form to relieve the burden of the earth from the atrocious actions of egoistic Kings during that time. He is the Supreme Principle and, as and when the situation demands, he will continue to take different forms suiting the requirement to protect the sustenance of the universe, which is his creation. He has done it many times earlier through various manifestations in different millenniums. Going by his own statement, one may succeed, if not in one birth, but through various cycles of births, in counting and telling the exact dust particles on this earth, but no one can identify the count of manifestations he took spanning various yugas (millenniums) for protection of the earth and reestablish the righteous principles. This fact should always be kept in mind when we relate the incidents and descriptions narrated through Srimad Bhagavatam.

This book deals with topics of Shri Krishna’s pastimes after he shifted his headquarters to Dwaraka. Section 3, which forms part of this book, has been titled as TRANSCENDING TO THE ULTIMATE. The aim of human life should be to reach up to the Supreme Almighty and the index of success of a person is never what one has achieved during one’s life in the shape of material progress. To reach the supreme stage of advancement, one should develop a sincere devotion and the intensity of seeking to associate with him should be the prime objective in a person’s life.

In our day-to-day life, many distractions drag our attention from the main aim of life and compel us to drift our energies towards multitudes of mundane activities. A conscious effort to bring our thoughts towards the Supreme Being, who is our actual source, gradually develops into a devotion that elevates the purpose of our life itself when pursued properly. The purpose of Shri Krishna’s manifestation, in any case, was not merely to exhibit his superior powers. Wherever necessary he had to show his strength during the process of

(a) annihilating the people of demonic nature to relieve the earth of its burden

(b) to reestablish the righteous principles as prescribed in the Vedas.

These two aspects were the main considerations of his manifestation in the human form.

When the illustrious pastimes of Shri Krishna are listened to with devotion or glorified by any person continuously and perpetually, he is sure to attain the abode of Shri Krishna, which alone is capable of cutting and breaking the inaccessible force of the flow of time. Shri Krishna can alone bestow deliverance. Is it not a fact that even the greatest of the great emperors, who were affluent with all luxury and opulence, who had exemplary courage and enviable fame, left their empires at the peak of their popularity and departed to the forests, leaving behind every comfort, family and the empire to seek the abode of Sri Hari, the Supreme Principle, by singing the glories of Shri Krishna? The various Puranas and the life history of emperors from ancient times affirm this statement.

About the Author
Sangameswaran Nurani, author of Thoughts of a Wanderer, Reminiscence of a Winter Trip and The Values that don’t Change. He was always inclined to understand the meaning and purpose of life. Those inquiries led to read scriptures like Srimad Bhagavatam, one of the ancient collection of works. Srimad Bhagavatam is the condensed form of all the Vedic knowledge. Mr. Nurani authored book titled SATYAM PARAM DHIMAHI Part 1 and Part 2 covering the pastimes of Shri Krishna in congruous with the original scripture according to the tenth volume(Dasama Skandam) of Srimad Bhagavatam.

GREG RAKOZY NURANI

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