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Re: Srimad Bhagawatam/ Gita

From: Balakrishnan M (
Date: Mon Nov 26 2001 - 02:31:55 PST

Dear BS,

Your questions

I am looking for the answer to the origin of some
scriptures which I understand are part of the Puranas.
Yet I do not  know for certain which of the Puranas it
is refered to. I want to know which of the  Puranas
contain the Srimad Bhagavatam, which includes the Gita
and in which Puranas is the Mahabarata encountered? 

My points

I believe the scriptures that you are refering to is
the vedas. The vedas was given by the lord himself. In
Srimad Bhagavatham it is stated that tene brahma
hrdaya, Brahma was taught the veads by heart by the
superene Lord. Vedic knowledge was then passed down
thru discpilic succession Eg Brahma sampradaya, Rudra
Sampradaya, Sri Sampradaya and Kumara Sampradaya. In
Gita Krishna states that he is the source of vedas and
from the vedas he is to be known vedais ca savair aham
eva vedaah (check the verse from Gita). In the
begining of the 4th chapter of Gita Krishna clearly
describes these iman vivasvate yogam proktavan .......

In Dwapara yuga, Srila Vyasa complied the vedas. he
knew that people in kali yuga are manda sumanda matayo
mandah bhagyo hi uparudah or they are living in a
miserable condition so the composed the puranas and
mahabharata. Even after compling all these he was not
happy till he composed the Srimad Bhagavatham.
Bhagavatham is called the maha purana.

Gita is part of Mahabaratha (canto 10, Bhisma Parva),
the dialoge between the Suprme Lord Krishna and arjuna
before the commencement of Kurukhestra war. It is the
essence of the vedas. mahabaratha is not a purana but
it is a ithiasa just like valmiki ramayana.
Mahabaratha is also known as the 5th veda. 

Your Question

What is  the difference between the Srimad Bhagavatam
and the Bhagavata  Purana.  If you could kindly
provide the answer to this  question you are thanked 
in advance.

My answer

There is no difference between bhagavat Purana and
Srimad Bhagavatham.

I do hope it helps.

I hope other acaryas from this group can give more

Beijing, PR China

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