When did Vyasadeva write Bhagavatam?

by Chaitanya Charan dasJanuary 30, 2012

From Sri Chaitanya Chandra Prabhu

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Shri Chaitanya chandra prabhu. When did vyasa dev write Srimad Bhagavatam, before the conversation of Sukhdeva goswami with Prakshit Maharaj , or after wards ?

Shrila Vishwanath Thakur in his commentary on Srimad Bhagavatam, chapter of the seventh canto, he describes Vyasadeva vision of what he say when he saw after receiving the instruction of Narada muni in chapter 4 , 5 and 6. Mentions the chronology how bhagavatam cam about , as we have it now. Suto Srimad Bhagavatam is one of the 18 puranas also, and the same time it is said that after writing all the puranas and the upanishads and the vedanta sutras, vyasa deva was still unsatisfied, so Vyasadeva had written the Srimad Bhagavatam also at that time, but, he had not focused and zeroed in and magnified the principles of pure devotional service to lord Krishna. so after the instructions of Narada Muni, he did what his name indicates , he is supposed to do. Vyasa is “to edit or editor”, so he edited the Srimad Bhagavatam , and at time the Srimad Bhagavatam became amala, so he had written the Srimad Bhagavatam, but the principles of the pure devotional services are not highlighted earlier, they became highlighted after he received the instructions of Narada Muni and edited accordingly. and after this he spoke this amala puran to Sukadeva gosvami, and when he spoke to Sukadeva Goswami, Sukadeva Goswami herd it, and then he came to the bank of the ganges where Prakshit maharaj was reciding and Prakshit Maharaj when he asked the questions, those questions are asked towards the end of first canto and the answers starts from second canto, now that conversation was heard by Vyasa dev, and further when the sages were assembled at Naimisharanya, Sukadeva along with other sages, and it is said that Vyasa dev was also present and Vyasa dev put in written form what Sukhdeva goswami spoke to Prakshit maharaj, but not only that, he wrote it down as it was narrated by Sute Goswami to sages of Naimisharanya.

So to repeat the hierarchy. Vyasa dev wrote Bhagavatam as one of the eighteen puranas, but he was not satisfied, so he edited it and it became amala,. that amala puran he gave to Sukhdev Goswami, who spoke to Prakshit maharaj and one of the audience was Suta Goswami, and Suta Goswami spoke to sages of Naimisharanya, and what Vyasa dev wrote down was what Suta Goswami spoke to the Naimisharanya sages, So it was significantly after the conversatin between Sukadeva Goswami and Prakshit maharaj.

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