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A beginning with Dasama Skandha !

This edition includes updates to the Bhagavatam and Ramayanam sections.

As stated previously, under the Bhagavatam section it is proposed to bring the Dasama or the Tenth Skandha of Vyasa's Srimad Bhagavatam. Starting this week, one chapter of the Dasama Skandha proposed to be presented every week, in the form of a story along with some slokas selected on the basis of their appeal. The Bhagavatam is also a veritable storehouse of "Stotras" in praise of Maha Vishnu. As part of the narration, wherever such Stotras appear in a chapter, it is intended to bring such Stotras in their original form to the web. This week's edition begins with Chapter One of the Dasama Skandha with King Parikshit asking Sage Suka to narrate the story of Krishna. It is entitled, "Queries on the Story of Krishna". The references include the Gita Press edition of Srimad Bhagavatam, the Ramakrishna Mission's publication of Srimad Bhagavatam by Swami Tapasyananda, ISCON's voluminous publication of Srimad Bhagavatam, and the famous Telugu Bammera Pothana's "Srimad Bhagavatamu".

The Ramayanam section begins with a two-part presentation entitled, "In praise of Hanuman". Hanuman is the hero of Sundarakanda. His presence is magnetic from the time he enters Ramayana in Kishkindha Kanda. Hanuman is also important because there is a bit of Hanuman in everybody. Hanuman did not know his own prowess and needed to be prodded, which seems to be so human. This week's edition carries the first part. A more in depth view of Hanuman is available in "Talks on Ramayana" by Rt. Hon. V. S. Srinivasa Sastri, published by Madras Sanskrit Academy (1946). An equally interesting reference is the "Vyakhyata Sameta Tatva Deepika" on "Sunadarakandamu" by Shri Bhashyam Appalaacharyulugaru, published in Telugu by Sripati Press, Kakinada.

Under "One more thing", we have listed a few slokas from Krishna, this time on “trees”!! We hope the green brigade will appreciate it. These are taken from Vyasa's Srimad Bhagavatam and can be found in the Dasama Skandha, chapter 22, slokas 31 to 35.


Om Tat Sat

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