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  • radhakrsnalight.jpg (16295 bytes)(Bhāgavad Purāna) 'The Story of the Fortunate One', ('Krishna Bible') by Krishna-Dvaipāyana Vyāsa, prepared for the Internet by Anand Aadhar Prabhu. The writer of this book is named Krishna Dvaipāyana Vyāsadeva, also called Bādarāyana. He is the Lord, the bhagavān, amongst the philosophers, who in India assembled all the holy texts. He compiled the Vedas,  also known as s'ruti,  containing the basic wisdom, the mantras for the rituals and the hymns. He as well wrote the Mahābhārata, which is the greatest epic poem in the world. It describes the history (itihāsa) of the great fall that the Vedic culture once made. The Bhagavad Gītā is the most important part of it. Vyāsa also wrote the rest of the eighteen great Bibles (the purānas) of India as well as the Brahma-sūtra, his masterpiece on the Absolute Truth. Vyāsa was a grandfather of the Kuru-dynasty. He lived a very long time. His long duration of life enabled him to write the story of the Fortunate One and all the other books. He had a son by the name of S'ukadeva who handed the message of this Bible down to another member of the family, Emperor Parīkchit, who had difficulty respecting the classical wisdom. This emperor is the model for us normal people who seek their stability in the wisdom. This knowledge was conveyed by S'uka in disciplic succession  (paramparā),  to those who teach by example (the ācāryas), the science of devotional service (bhakti). This book, and it's culture, was brought to the West by the Vaishnava, the Vishnu-monk, Swami A. C. Bhaktivedanta Prabhupāda. Together with his pupils (known as the Hare Krishnas of ISKCON) he realized a verse by verse commented series of books covering the entire Bhāgavatam. This site offers not all these texts (see for that purpose vedabase.net) but does offer under ShareAlike copyright an as-it-is translation of the verses in a concatenated form complete with a version history. This text is regularly updated and maintained by Anand Aadhar Prabhu (René P. B. A. Meijer), a dutch psychologist converted to the philosophy of yoga who received instruction in the temples of ISKCON. His predecessor in this duty was S'rī Hayes'var das (Hendrik van Teylingen) who covered most of the translations into Dutch. The present responsibility for the culture of Vaishnavism in Holland lies with the ISKCON vaishnava-monk Kadamba Kānana Swami. 
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