How can we substantiate that the Bhagavatam is the natural commentary on the Vedanta Sutra?

by Chaitanya CharanJune 23, 2012

From Ramabhadrapriya P

The Srimad Bhagavatam is the natural commentary of the Vedanta Sutra( Srila Prabhupada states at many places in his bhagavatam purports ) , apart from the references in the Caitanya Caritamrta , are there any other references or verses which state that Srimad bhagavatam is the natural commentary by the same author?

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  • krishna dasa
    July 21, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Quote from Garuda Purana in Hari-bhakti-vilasa 10.394-395:

    artho’yam brahma sutranam bharatartha-vinirnayah gayatri bhasya rupo’sau vedartha paribrmhitah purananam sama rupah saksad bhagavatoditah dvadasa skandha yukto’yam sata viccheda samyutah grantho’stadasa sahasrah srimad bhagavatabhidam

    “The Srimad Bhagavatam is the explanation of the Vedanta Sutra. It is the complete settlement of the Mahabharata. It is the complete commentary on the Gayatri mantra. It strengthens the explanation of the Vedas and is the topmost Purana, written by the Supreme Personality of Godhead. It has twelve cantos, one hundred sections and eighteen thousand slokas.”

    And Lord krishna clearly tells in bhagavad gita 15.15

    By all the Vedas, I am to be known. Indeed, I am the compiler of Vedānta (brahma sutra ), and I am the knower of the Vedas

    and further padma purana explains the reason why srimad bhagavatam is the greatest purana

    The Padma Purana, Uttara khanda (190.3), states:

    puranesu tu sarvesu srimad bhagavatam param
    yatra pratipadam krsnam giyate bahudarsibhih

    “Among all the Puranas, the Srimad Bhagavatam, in which Lord Krsna is glorified at every step by various great sages, is supreme .

    so if we connect above two verses of gita and padma purana ,it would conclude that
    “that vedic literature is greatest which describes pastimes of krishna . why is that so ? because krishna says i ,am the vedanta (end of all the vedic knowledge) ”
    And padma purana clearly give this authority to srimad bhagavatam.
    Thus srimad bhagavatam is the natural commentary on vedanta sutra

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