Field Notes: Anachronisms in Srimad Bhagavatam

November 25th, 2012 | Posted by ww-seva in lecture | podcast

With reference of Srimad Bhagavatam (SB10,40) in which we find two verses which echo or seem to echo at least lines of verses in Bhagavad Gita. SB 10.40.9 has the line (“ye `py anya-devatā-bhaktā“), which echoes a line in Bhagavad Gita (9.23) about how even those who worship demigods can achieve perfection, in The Prayers of Akrura it says “But all these people, my Lord, even those who have turned their attention away from You and are worshiping other deities, are actually worshiping You alone, O embodiment of all the demigods.“ Again, in SB 10.40.11 we have the line “sattvaḿ rajas tama iti
bhavataḥ prakṛter guṇāḥ“ which echoes Bhagavad Gita (14.5) “sattvaḿ rajas tama iti guṇāḥ prakṛti-sambhavāḥ“. So, how is it that Akrura is speaking something apperantly from Bhagavad Gita when Krishna has not yet spoken the Bhagavad Gita when Akrura is offering his prayers to Him. This is happening as they’re on their way to Mathura, and it will be much later that Krishna speaks the Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna. So, how is this to be understood?
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