The Time of the Sages film brings together the insights of prominent scholars, researchers and spiritual leaders who have dedicated themselves to the study and culture of this sacred text which is dated no later than the first half of the sixth century. The film explores the topics of the self, existence, creation, liberation from material existence, devotion, and the cultivation of a personal relationship with the divine through the Bhagavata Purana’s rich tales.
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The interviews are set in the colorful lands of Chennai and Europe and the actual locations in rural India where the events described in Bhagavata Purana are believed to have taken place.
WHY MAKING THIS DOCUMENTARY?
The Oxford Center for Hindu Studies is host to the Bhagavata Purana Research Project. As key step in this project, we have organized an international conference in Chennai, in early 2017, with some 30 specialists from around the world presenting papers and discussing different aspects of the Bhagavata Purana. This is a perfect opportunity for us to interview and film these scholars for this documentary film.
We are living in a world full of anxiety, fear and uncertainty. Bhagavata Purana can act as an antidote for these diseases of the heart. It offers a broader vision which can change ourselves individually and collectively by showing ways of seeing and living based in our fundamentally joyful nature.