Lately, I was reading the article on Sukha Brahma on Wikipedia. There, it is mentioned that there are two completely different versions of Sukha Brahma's story. One in Mahabharata and the other in Devi Bhagavata Purana. How could there be two completely different versions in two famous Scriptures. Please shed some light on this.

this is the link to the article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shuka

Thanks in advance!

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    See this: hinduism.stackexchange.com/questions/11080/… and also my answer on that: hinduism.stackexchange.com/questions/11080/… – Tezz Mar 23 '17 at 12:08
  • Devi Bhagawata is considered medieval Purana by many scholars, so the Mahabharata version should be genuine. – Yogi Mar 23 '17 at 18:27
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    @sv - Whoa! Sweeping generalisations much? One must understand the following:- 1. Science is still very much evolving. In fact, advanced scientists agree that all of it is up for grabs. 2. Science in its current form cannot explain everything 3. Therefore, if one encounters something that is beyond the grasp of one's limited scientific/rational outlook, one must realise it is the limitation of said outlook/understanding rather than the falsity of the phenomenon itself. 4. Trying to use B to judge A which is beyond the boundary of B is as unscientific as it gets. 1/2 – user1195 Mar 24 '17 at 11:55
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    @sv 5. There are laws of nature that are beyond the world's understanding because the boundary of nature is beyond what the world has perceived thusfar. 2/2 – user1195 Mar 24 '17 at 11:56
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    @sv It was an apsara by name GRtAci. She took the form of a parrot. – user1195 Mar 25 '17 at 6:31

The second story seems more reasonable because Shuka's forefathers did not adopt Sanyasa. Vyasa , Parashara and their forefathers were householders.

Secondly, in the present time, we see many brahmins of the "Parashara" gotra. Especially in the Northern India. This means that they were descendants of Sri Shuka Deva. As Parashara has one son Vyasa and Vyasa had only one son Shuka so it is more reasonable that Sri Shuka would have carried forward the family lineage of the Parashara Vamsha.

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