The Srimad Bhagavatam is accepted by all the Paramahamsas and great souls as the most authoritative literature on the science of God consciousness. The Vedas describe it as the ripened fruit of the Vedic tree. There is a saying in Bengali, if you want to know what tree that is then by its fruit it is known. Just like on the side of the hill over there are some trees. If we ask what is that tree, they say apple tree because it produces the apple fruit. Or it is a peach tree or a pear tree or it’s an oak tree produces oak seeds or something but generally a tree, mango tree, orange tree, they are all known by the fruit they produce. So similarly they say that the ripened fruit of the Vedas is Srimad Bhagavatam. If you want to know the actual purpose of the Vedas then you study the Srimad Bhagavatam. The purpose of that particular tree is, actually what is the value of it. If you take an apple tree and study its bark, you study its roots, its leaves but the real greatest value of the tree is the apple fruit. That is why people plant it because that is the most valuable thing that it produces. So the Vedas most valuable thing that they produced, its fruit, its essence is the Srimad Bhagavatam. So if someone wants to know what is the entire purpose of the Vedas, what is the secret nomenclature of the Vedas, you don’t have to read all the Upanishads, Puranas, Mahabharata, simply by reading the Maha Puranam, the Srimad Bhagavatam, then all of the purports of the Vedas, all of the objectives of the Vedas are fulfilled. Simply by perfectly reading the Srimad Bhagavatam.
His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
1984, 26th Sep, SB class @ Murari Sevaka Farm, USA