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The simplicity, beauty, and order that are found in nature have often intrigued great scientists and philosophers throughout history. While we have been partially successful in understanding nature, the wisdom and insights that nature offers as a teacher have always been a part of Eastern traditions and texts.
“Light of The Bhagavata” provides an unique perspective in understanding nature through the lens of the “Bhagavata” or the Vedic Philosophy and reveals many instructive lessons through a commentary on natural phenomena. This book conveys a profound message not only with words, but these words of wisdom are accompanied by artistic and thought provoking pictorial illustrations.
In 1961, Srila Prabhupada was invited to Japan to make a presentation at the Congress for Cultivating the Human Spirit. He expected that such an audience would appreciate descriptions of nature and think autumn particularly auspicious, so he chose for his subject one chapter from the Srimad Bhagavatam’s Tenth Canto which describes the autumn season in Vrindavan, the place of Lord Krishna’s appearance on earth.
For his presentation, he envisioned an illustrated book, juxtaposing Bhagavatam verses with authentic Asian art, to be prominently displayed at the conference. However, Srila Prabhupada wasn’t able to attend, and the project was shelved. Then, seven years after his passing, in 1984, the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust discovered the manuscript and commissioned artist Madame Li Yun Sheng to create the accompanying artwork for the book Srila Prabhupada had intended to call Light Of The Bhagavat.