The Bhagavatha is a dialogue between King Parikshit under the sentence of death and the great Sage Suka, who prepares him to meet it. Sringi, the son of Sage Sameeka pronounces a curse on King Parikshit for the king's wanton act of throwing a dead snake on his father when he was in deep meditation that King Parikshit will die on the seventh day bitten by a snake. The king decides to make amends for the wrong act and sanctifies his limited available time by listening to the glories of the Lord. It is for this reason that the second chapter of this book is appropriately titled "The Birth of A Bhagavatha" since it is to King Parikshit that the story of the Glory of God is narrated by Sage Suka.
The name Bhagavatha can be applied to every account of the experiences of those who have contacted God and the godly (Bhagawan and Bhaktha). The Bhagavatha is saturated with the sweetness of nectar; it shines with the splendour of God. Through the process of listening to the glory of the Lord a dull and drooping heart will be transformed into a clean, illumined abode of peace shining with genuine light. The listening will cleanse the heart through the prompting it gives for good work. Just as King Parikshit found salace and had sanctified his time by listening to the glorious story of the Lord, every reader will derive benefit by reading and ruminating over the contents of this book.
About the Author:Sri Sathya Sai Baba was born as Sathyanarayana Raju on November 23, 1926 in the village of Puttaparthi, in the state of Andhra Pradesh in South India. He is a guru from southern India, religious leader, orator and philosopher often described as a godman and a miracle worker. He is the Embodiment of Knowledge, Embodiment of Wisdom. Ever since He declared Himself as Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the Avatar of Present Age, incarnated in human form, as promised by Lord Krishna over 5000 years ago, He has been tirelessly teaching humanity of the right steps towards the Ultimate Goal of human life.Sathya Sai Baba is a highly revered spiritual leader and world teacher, whose life and message are inspiring millions of people throughout the world to turn God-ward and to lead more purposeful and moral lives. His timeless and universal teachings, along with the manner in which he leads his own life, are attracting seekers of Truth from all the religions of the world. Yet, he is not seeking to start a new religion. Nor does he wish to direct followers to any particular religion. Rather, he urges us to continue to follow the religion of our choice and/or upbringing.Sathya Sai Baba interacts with all people on a heart-to-heart basis. There are no intermediaries between himself and those who yearn for knowledge and experience of God. Every day for more than 50 years, Sathya Sai Baba has walked among and talked with the spiritual pilgrims who gather around him in increasing numbers. He offers solace and inspiration to all sincere seekers of truth.