The Visnu Purana as herein recorded was spoken by Parasara Muni to the sage Maitreya. Parasara Muni is the father of Krsna Dvaipayana Vyasa, the compiler of the Vedas and author of Mahabharata. Parasara is also famous as the person who gave the definition of the word “bhagavan” that Srila Prabhupada referred to countless times.

 

aisvaryasya samagrasya
viryasya yasasah sriyah
jnana-vairagyayos caiva
sannam bhaga itingana
(Visnu Purana 6.5.47)

The person who possesses all wealth, strength, fame, beauty, knowledge and renunciation is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Bhagavan.

There are two more verses from Visnu Purana that Srila Prabhupada quoted on numerous occasions: Visnu Purana 3.8.9 and Visnu Purana 6.7.61.

The Visnu Purana is divided into six parts, including many of the well known narrations such as: The creation of the universe, the various planetary systems, the various Manus and their functions, the dynasties of kings, the transcendental pastimes of Lord Krsna and a vivid description of Kali-yuga.