!!HARE KRISHNA!!My question is, as Vyasdev is the incarnation of lord Vishnu, still why he did make a mistake of praising all gods and demigods in 17 puranas, where he got the satisfaction after writing 18th "SHRIMAD BHAGVATAM"Puran, As per Nardaas suggestion.Please answer

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    Hare Krsna Prabhuji,


    There is no mistake in praising demigods - indeed they are favourable to the lord, thats why they are empowered as demigods. The point here is that even after writing the entire vedas and the puranas, there was still dissatisfaction in the mind of Srila Vyasdeva. That is when Narada Muni told him to write Srimad Bhagawatam. It merely underlines the supremacy of Srimad Bhagawatam and establishes that how much ever anyone praises the demigods, unless one worships the Supreme Lord, there is no satisfaction. One has not achieved one's goal.


    Your servant,


  • Thank you
  • SB 1.4.14Sūta Gosvāmī said: When the second millennium overlapped the third, the great sage [Vyāsadeva] was born to Parāśara in the womb of Satyavatī, the daughter of Vasu.
    SB 1.4.15Once upon a time he [Vyāsadeva], as the sun rose, took his morning ablution in the waters of the Sarasvatī and sat alone to concentrate.
    SB 1.4.16The great sage Vyāsadeva saw anomalies in the duties of the millennium. This happens on the earth in different ages, due to the unseen force of time.
    SB 1.4.17-18The great sage, who was fully equipped in knowledge, could see through his transcendental vision the deterioration of everything material due to the influence of the age. He could also see that the faithless people in general would be reduced in duration of life and would be impatient due to lack of goodness. Thus he contemplated for the welfare of men in all statuses and orders of life.
    SB 1.4.19He saw that the sacrifices mentioned in the Vedas were means by which the people’s occupations could be purified. And to simplify the process he divided the one Veda into four, in order to expand them among men.
    SB 1.4.20The four divisions of the original sources of knowledge [the Vedas] were made separately. But the historical facts and authentic stories mentioned in the Purāṇas are called the fifth Veda.
    SB 1.4.21After the Vedas were divided into four divisions, Paila Ṛṣi became the professor of the Ṛg Veda, Jaimini the professor of the Sāma Veda, and Vaiśampāyana alone became glorified by the Yajur Veda.
    SB 1.4.22The Sumantu Muni Aṅgirā, who was very devotedly engaged, was entrusted with the Atharva Veda. And my father, Romaharṣaṇa, was entrusted with the Purāṇas and historical records.
    SB 1.4.23All these learned scholars, in their turn, rendered their entrusted Vedas unto their many disciples, granddisciples and great-granddisciples, and thus the respective branches of the followers of the Vedas came into being.
    SB 1.4.24Thus the great sage Vyāsadeva, who is very kind to the ignorant masses, edited the Vedas so they might be assimilated by less intellectual men.
    SB 1.4.25Out of compassion, the great sage thought it wise that this would enable men to achieve the ultimate goal of life. Thus he compiled the great historical narration called the Mahābhārata for women, laborers and friends of the twice-born.
    SB 1.4.26O twice-born brāhmaṇas, still his mind was not satisfied, although he engaged himself in working for the total welfare of all people.
    SB 1.4.27Thus the sage, being dissatisfied at heart, at once began to reflect, because he knew the essence of religion, and he said within himself:
    SB 1.4.28-29I have, under strict disciplinary vows, unpretentiously worshiped the Vedas, the spiritual masters and the altar of sacrifice. I have also abided by the rulings and have shown the import of disciplic succession through the explanation of the Mahābhārata, by which even women, śūdras and others [friends of the twice-born] can see the path of religion.
    SB 1.4.30I am feeling incomplete, though I myself am fully equipped with everything required by the Vedas.
    SB 1.4.31This may be because I did not specifically point out the devotional service of the Lord, which is dear both to perfect beings and to the infallible Lord.
    after this, by instruction of sri narada, bhagavata purana was written down by him.
    therefore, srimad bhagavatam is above all other scriptures writen by sri vyasa.
  • Prabhuji, praising is nice duty, but in every puranas Vyasdev mentioned each god as supreme lord(ex. Ganesh puran, Shiv Puran, Garud puran etc.), are they really supreme lord? As per my knowledge lord Krishna is only supreme lord.
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