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.-