SB 1.3 - The potency of Bhāgavatam
The Śrīmad Bhāgavatam is the literary incarnation of God, and it is complied by Vyāsadeva, the incarnation of God. It is meant for the ultimate good of all people, and it is all-blissful and all-perfect. Lord Caitanya said that Bhāgavatam is the spotless sound representation of all Vedic knowledge and history. There are selected histories of great devotees who are in direct contact with the Lord. Bhāgavatam is non different from Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa, and should be worshipped as respectfully as we worship the Lord. We can have all the transcendental light of the Supreme Brahman, from the recitation of Śrīmad Bhāgavatam, provided it is received thru the medium of the transparent spiritual master. Svarūpa Dāmodara Gosvāmī, the private secretary of Lord Caitanya, advised all devotees to study Bhāgavatam from the person Bhāgavatam. Bhāgavatam carries with it all the blessings of Kṛṣṇa that we can expect from His personal contact.
Sūta describes the disciplic succession thru which he heard the Bhāgavatam. Vyāsa delivered it to his son after extracting the cream of all Vedic literatures and histories of the universe. Vyāsa’s effort of churning the Vedas was successful, and Śukadeva, though the best of the self realized souls, took it with greed because of its wonderful taste. The foolish accept history of the world only from the time of Buddha, or since 600 B.C., and prior to this period all histories mentioned in the scriptures are taken as fiction. That is not a fact. All the stories mentioned in the Purāṇas and Mahābhārata are actual histories, not only of this planet but also of millions of other planets within the universe. Considering the different situation of different planets and also time and circumstances, there is nothing wonderful in the stories of the Purāṇas. The great ṛṣis like Vyāsa had no business putting some imaginary stories in their literatures.