Twelve Maha Bhagavata

Yama identifies 12 people who Know Bhagavat Dharma - Yamaraja Instructs His Messengers

svayambhur naradah sambhuh
kumarah kapilo manuh
prahlado janako bhismo
balir vaiyasakir vayam
dvadasaite vijanimo
yam jnatvamrtam asnute
svayambhuh -- Lord Brahma; naradah -- the great saint Narada; sambhuh -- Lord Siva;kumarah -- the four Kumaras; kapilah -- Lord Kapila; manuh -- Svayambhuva Manu; prahladah-- Prahlada Maharaja; janakah -- Janaka Maharaja; bhismah -- Grandfather Bhisma; balih -- BaliMaharaja; vaiyasakih -- Sukadeva, the son of Vyasadeva; vayam -- we; dvadasa -- twelve; ete-- these; vijanimah -- know; dharmam -- real religious principles; bhagavatam -- which teach aperson how to love the Supreme Personality of Godhead; bhatah -- O my dear servants;guhyam -- very confidential; visuddham -- transcendental, not contaminated by the material modes of nature; durbodham -- not easily understood; yam -- which; jnatva -- understanding;amrtam -- eternal life; asnute -- he enjoys.
Lord Brahma, Bhagavan Narada, Lord Siva, the four Kumaras, Lord Kapila [the son ofDevahuti], Svayambhuva Manu,Prahlada Maharaja, Janaka Maharaja, Grandfather Bhisma, BaliMaharaja, Sukadeva Gosvami and I myself know the real religious principle. My dear servants, this transcendental religious principle, which is known as bhagavata-dharma, or surrender unto the Supreme Lord and love for Him, is uncontaminated by the material modes of nature. It is very confidential and difficult for ordinary human beings to understand, but if by chance one fortunately understands it, he is immediately liberated, and thus he returns home, back to Godhead.

Demon king Bali Worshiping Lord Vamana

Shukadev asking Emperor Parikhit to Remember Krishna at time of Death

Lord Shiva's Love for Baby Krishna

Prahlad Worshiping Lord in Narasimha Form
Narada tells Yudhistra to Worship Krishna
Manu Worshiping Lord In Form of Matsysa

Kapila tells Devahuti to worship Krishna

Krsna and Balarama summon Yamaraja
Janaka Faher of Goddess Sita worshiping Lord Rama in Parental Mood

Lord Brahma offering prayers to child Krishna in Vrindavan forest.
Bheeshma Worshing Krishna In Warrior Mode

The great sages Sanaka Sananda and Sanatana Sanat Tell Prithu to worship Krishna

Twelve Forests

In Out

praticyam disy abhud avih
sri-sukah uvaca -- Sri Sukadeva Gosvami said; iti -- thus; tesam -- of them; maharaja -- O King; suranam -- of the demigods; upatisthatam -- praying; praticyam -- inside; disi -- in the direction; abhut -- became; avih -- visible; sankha-cakra-gada-dharah -- bearing the transcendental weapons: the conchshell, disc and club.
Sri Sukadeva Gosvami said: My dear King, when all the demigods offered Him their prayers, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Hari, carrying His weapons, the conchshell, disc and club, appeared first within their hearts and then before them.

Gita and Bhagavatham

Gita has come from Krishna.
Bhagavatham was made on Krishna.

Gita talks on Methods.
Bhagavatham talks on men who went through those methods.

Reading Gita, one needs to remember that he is reading the voice of God.
Reading Bhagavatham, you are constantly reminded of the need of Bhakthi on the Lord.

Krishna has condensed essence of Bhagavatham in few verses in Gita.
Bhagavatham expounds what Krishna has limited.

Gita is told by God.
Bhagavatham is told by devotee of God.

Reciting Gita gives earning for knowledge and free from fears of Death.
Reciting Bhagavtham assures a person of dispassion and Devotion subtly.

Reading a chapter of Gita is enough.
So is with Bhagavatham.

But there is big difference in to whom gita gives knowledge.
Bhagavtham can give knowledge to everyone but to take essence of Gita one may need to be learned.

Gita was told to Arjuna
Bhagavatham told to Arjuna's Grand Son Parishit

Gita was told by Krishna to remove the fear from Arjuna that he is killing his relatives.
Sukar told Parikshith Bhagavatham to do best before death.
The Gitas that find place in Srimad Bhagavata such as
  1. the Uddhava-Gita,
  2. the Rudra-Gita,
  3. the Sruti-Gita,
  4. the Rishabha-Gita,  By Father
  5. the Bhikshu-Gita, By Son
  6. the Hamsa-Gita 
  7. the Aila Gita
  8. the Viraha Gita

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