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First line of Upadesas
SrI mad Bhagavata was first given as Upadesa by Vishnu to Brahma.
Brahma passed this knowledge on to Narada.
Narada passed this on to Vyasa. Vyasa passed it on to his son Suka. Suka, in turn, mentioned it to King Parikshit. Suta Muni who was present at that time heard this along with Parikshit.
Suta Muni passed on this treasure to Saunaka and a number of other Rishis who were performing penance at Naimisaranya forest.
Second line of Upadesas
Sankarshana passed on Bhagavata to Sanatkumara, who passed it on to Sankhyayana, who, in turn, passed it on to Parasara, Maitreya and Brihaspati.
Maitreya passed on Bhagavata to Vidura. Srimad Bhagavata thus spread all over.
What was the purpose of Sri mad Bhagavata?
Vyasa, even after collating the Vedas and writing his various illustrious works, found that he did not get inner peace. He was desperately seeking this inner peace. As he was contemplating on this, Narada Muni came and enquired about his welfare. Vyasa asked Narada why his mind was still not at peace, even after all his works extensively deal with the teachings of the Vedas.
Narada replied that he was yet to write a work mainly highlighting God Maha Vishnu's Leelas. In the approaching Kali Yuga, people can realise God mostly through Bhakti Marga and by Narna Sankirtana. The other paths like Karma, Dhyana and Jnyana would become difficult to practice. He added that Vyasa must bring out one such work which would be of help to ordinary people. This alone will help him attain the inner peace. Based on this advice Vyasa started this monumental work called 'Srimad Bhagavata'.
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