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Bhagavad Puran was compiled by Sage Ved Vyas for the benefit of mankind in the era of kaliyug. It stresses devotion to the Lord as the easiest and quickest way to salvation just by chanting “Om Namo Bhagvate Vasudevaya”
All our scriptures can be divided into two main categories-
Srutis: that knowledge which is received directly through a divine source by sages in meditation. The vedas and 108 upanishads are a result of sruti.
Smriti: that knowledge that is shared and passed down from memory. Puranas belong to the category of Smriti
Puranas have the essence of the vedas, compiled for the ordinary people to understand who could not understand the vedas. All puranas talk about:
- Sarga – The creation of the universe.
- Pratisarga – Secondary creations, mostly re-creations after dissolution.
- Vamśa – Genealogy of gods and sages.
- Manvañtara – The creation of the human race and the first human beings.1
- Vamśānucaritam – Dynastic histories.
There are 18 mahapurans. Bhagvat Puran is a Maha Puran compiled by Sage Vyas.
One day sage Narad paid a visit to Ved Vyas who lived in an Ashram near the banks of the Yamuna river.Vyas welcomed him and seated him.Narada asked him that he must be happy since he composed the Mahabharat. He also has knowledge of Brahmavidya. But he still didn’t appear happy and asked him what was the matter?
Vyas said that he was worried about the well-being of the people in Kaliyug. In his meditations long ago he had seen the deterioration of dharma in kaliyug and the change in man. The earth is pervaded with sin and earth and slowly losing its original glory. He felt sorry for the people who would have to live in kaliyug. That’s is why he compiled the vedic information into 4 vedas. But realized average people will not be able to study and understand it. So then he wrote the Mahabharata in which all lessons of the vedas are taught. But he still felt restless and unhappy. He had no peace.
Sage Narad told him that he was unhappy because his writing of the Mahabharat had one drawback. Narada said that Vyas stressed the importance of the path of karma yoga, righteousness, duties of a man and about performing them selflessly, but he did not sing any praises of the Lord especially since bhakti or one-pointed devotion is the easiest path to the Lord compared to all the other yogas. Narada suggested that he write something that praises Lord Narayan and his glory his Vishvarupa, Viraatrupa, his vibhutis and avataras. Only then will he get peace. Wherefore the Srimad Bhagavatam was compiled by Sage Vyas.
The RESOURCE for this blog :The Srimad Bhagavatam as translated by Kamala Subramaniam.
Brahmavidya or knowledge of Brahman is mentioned several times in the Srimad Bhagavatam.
People in whom the tamoguna (taamsic) and Rajoguna (rajsic) quality is predominant worship of devi devtas is recommended. People who have vairagya of mind and are seekers of truth the Upanishads recommend Brahma Vidya.
Below is the link to Hindi Book on Brahmavidya. It is in Hindi and is difficult to understand. But for anyone interested I have shared the book below