OBESISANCE TO THE SUPREME BEING
We meditate to that Paramatma (Supreme Being) who is the eternal truth; and who creates the universe, holds it and causes Pralaya. He is the light independence and from of knowledge in himself. He causes illusions even for the most knowledgeous ones. Yet, He is far beyond all the illusions.
In Srimad Bhagavat, created by the great sage Vyasa, There is a description of the supreme religion, which is free from desire. There is also a description of Paramatmatatva (the metaphysical entity) that every pious people with holy spirit must know about. Srimad Bhagavat is a delicious and relishing fruit of Vedas. Because of a touch of Sri Shukacharya’s lips, it is impregnated with blissful nectar. So, as long as there is life in his body, a devotee keeps on relishing this nectar of divine scripture. It is easily available right here on the earth itself.
PERFORMANCE OF JNANA-YAGYA
In the beginning of the Kali Yuga, sages like Shaunak et al organized a vast Jnana Yagya in the holy region of the Naimisharanya. The purpose of the yagya was the benefit of the common people and it was to last for a millennium. To quench the spiritual curiosity of the sages, Suta, the orator of Puranas, also arrived there. Felicitating him, the sages asked Suta, ” O great sage, by the grace of Vyasa, you have learned all the Puranas, history, religion etc. You also know about all the other subjects as well. So kindly narrate the tale which could surely benefit the common people so that they too can experience the real spiritual joy.”
Pleased by the curiosity of the sages, Suta said, ” O great sages, it is extremely auspicious to talk about Lord Krishna. Only by discussing about the God, can the mind of the people be freed from illusions. Love then begins to emerge in it for God and it begins to detach itself from physical comfort and experience the blissful joy.
LORD VISHNU – THE SOURCE OF WHOLE CREATION
Driven by the desire, the Adi Purusha (primitive being) Narayan took the help of his Prakriti (nature’s female creational force) and generated himself in Chaturbhuj (four-armed) from. And from His navel appeared Lord Brahma, the creator. That form of God was full of pure truth and from the parts of His body, all the Lokas (worlds) got extension. Metaphysicists saw the God with innumerable heads, eyes, arms and legs. That endless, eternal Supreme Being was the source of all the Avatars (incarnations) and from the parts of His body was created Gods, human beings, birds animals and all other creatures.
From the ages, twenty-four incarnations of that Supreme being, like Sanakadi Kumar, Varaha, Narada, Nar-Narayana, Kapila, Dattatreya, Rishabhdev, Prithu, Matsya, Kachchhap, Dhanvantari, Mohini, Narasinha, Vamana, Parshurama, Vyasa, Sri Rama, Balarama, Krishna and Buddha have appeared to guard the people and to remove the burden from the earth, and to save their devotees and gentlemen. Suta says, ” Blessed are those who have unconditional love for Lord Vasudev, the lord of the universe. Such people don’t fall again and again, in the cycles of life and death. Bhagavat Mahapurana is such a scripture in which the great sage Veda Vyasa describes the holy and pious tales of the God. For the benefit of the people, Veda Vyasa compiled this great scripture taking extracts of all the Vedas, and other ancient treatises. Reading, hearing or reflecting on which, the human being inclines to devotion and finds salvation.
Shaunk asked, ” When that tale was compiled in scriptural form, that was later on related by Shukadeva. Where was it created? For what purpose and by whose inspiration, that scripture was compiled and how did Shukadeva, who was congenital wandered, came to study this scripture, and how he came to see the king Parikshit? What discussion took place between them?”
What Suta narrated to the sages, forms the main body of the great scripture Srimad Bhagavat.-
VEDA VYASA THE PARTIAL INCARNATION
Veda Vyasa had appeared in Dwapar Yuga. He was the son of Maharshi Parashar and Satyawati then known as Matsyagandha. Vyasa was a partial incarnation of the God. Veda Vyasa effected a division of Vedas, created Puranas conceptualized history (Mahabharataa-which was actually jotted down by none other than Lord Ganesha.) He also established different faculties for teaching his disciples. Yet staying in his hermitage at the banks of the river Saraswati, he was not satisfied with his performance. Something was still writhing within his heart to come out. So he was feelling upset and was unable to find a reason for his dejection. Just then, Devarshi Narada arrived there, and saw that Mahatma Vyasa was upset. As nothing was concealed from Narada, he told him the reasons for his moroseness.
Narada told him that though he had created great epics, yet all of them lack a devotional description of God. That was why his soul was still writhing. Narada also suggested him to describe the glory of Hari, or neither his voice, nor his creation would ever get pure. Devarshi Narada then narrated the tale of God and the glory of His devotees to Vyasa and said, “O great soul, look at the effect of devotion and company of the pious people that I have become Devarshi from an ordinary son of a maid”
After the departure of Narada, Vyasa sat in meditation and experienced the illusion that caught the life. He also experienced devotion. Thus, his fresh experience led Veda Vyasa to create this great scripture. The virtues of God had such a strong attraction that, lured by them, even self-indulgent Shukdevi ran back from the jungles to his father and prayed to let him read that scripture.
Because of their link with Lord Sri Krishna, Suta narrates the stories of Pandavas, their heavenly departure, coronation of Parikshit, his all round victories etc. as per their sequences in Mahabharata. He also narrates the episodes of Ashwatthama the son of Guru Drona, worship of God by Kunti etc. and migration of Lord Krishna to Dwaraka.