(2007). "Interpretation and the <i>Srimad Bhagavatam</i>"

(2007). Interpretation and the Srimad Bhagavatam

presented at the Second Annual Conference of the ISKCON Academy of Arts and Sciences, New Vrindavana, WV, 15–17 December 2007

Publication Info: 

Sadaputa Dasa. “Interpretation and the Srimad Bhagavatam.” Second Annual ISKCON Academy of Arts and Sciences (IAAS) Conference, New Vrindanva, WV, 15 December 2007.


Description of the IAAS lead panel discussion:
"ISKCON's Academic Contributions"

Featured panel speakers included Hridayanada dasa Goswami (Howard Resnick),
Sadaputa dasa (Richard Thompson) and Garuda dasa (Graham Schweig).
Panel moderated by Janaki Rama dasa (Jonathan Edelmann).

The purpose of this panel is to examine the contributions that ISKCON has made and could make to the academic world and how this relates with the ultimate goals of helping people become free from suffering and acheiving love for God. Speakers may discuss a particular contribution they feel is noteworth and why, as well as their vision about how ISKCON's academic projects can develop in the future. Followed by Q&A and discussion.


Richard Thompson's (Sadaputa dasa) presentation as part of the panel, titled "Interpretation and the Srimad Bhagavatam," described how "Lord Chaitanya is famous for giving sixty-one meanings of the atmarama verse to Sanatana Gosvami. Here I would like to offer some insights on meaning in the Bhagavatam based on a scientific background." Thompson concluded that, "the Bhagavatam can be understood from a multi-perspectival standpoint that emerges with clarity when the text is seen against a background of deep knowledge. This is a conclusion that could be of interest to scholars."

Thompson's full abstract published in the IAAS Conference Brochure is available for download at the bottom of this column.

Please Click here for audio recording and transcript of Thompson's panel presentation and follow-up discussion.

Conference photographs:
#1 from left to right:
– Graham Schweig (Garuda), Richard Thompson (Sadaputa), Howard Resnick (Hridayandana Goswami), Jonathan Edelmann (Janaki Rama)
#2 – Bob Cohen (Brahma Tirtha), Richard Thompson (Sadaputa)