There is a great conversation between Bhusunda and Vasistha in the scripture Yoga Vasistha.

In that conversation, there is a verse about Puranas, which has been told by Bhusunda.

The verse is as follows:

एकार्थानि समग्राणि बहुपाठानि मेऽनघ ।

पुराणानि प्रवर्तन्ते प्रसृतानि युगंप्रति ॥

O sinless saint! The puranas also though they agree in the main substance, are so full of interpolations, that they have been greatly multiplied in successive ages

[6.22.20, Yoga Vasistha]

The bolded portion says that, Puranas generally undergoes interpolation. And due to the interpolations, the size of Puranas increases.

But I didn't understand the actual meaning of Bhusunda's statement.

Is he talking about the negative interpolations, which are due to selfish or malice reasons


interpolations by authentic sages?

Note: Those who are good in Sanskrit as well as the context of conversation can answer properly.

  • पाठान्तर/बहुपाठ is not necessarily an interpolation. It means another reading, which most of the time means the same meaning but different word or synonym is used. – Krsna Dasa Jan 4 at 4:54
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    Assuming you know reading Devanagari: समग्राणि = all; पुराणानि=Puranas; एकार्थानि=One meaning. All Puranas have one meaning. युगंप्रति=In every yuga; प्रवर्तन्ते=Are/become; प्रसृतानि=Spread; बहुपाठानि=Many paths (readings like Shiva Purana, Devi Bhagavata, Srimad Bhagavatam, etc. Many readings of the same thing). अनघ= Sinless. Oh sinless one, all the Puranas having the same meaning become spread and of many readings in every yuga. Basically meaning to say the same meaning (ekartha) becomes of many readings in every yuga. For interpolation they use प्रक्षेप as a word. – Archit Jan 4 at 5:59
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    @Rickross Translator is from this link amazon.in/Yoga-Vasisthitha-Maharamayana-Valmiki-Volumes/dp/… – hanugm Jan 4 at 9:35
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    Thanks @hanugm I missed the link in the question. But 'pathantara" or "bahupatha" don't mean interpolation. – Rickross Jan 5 at 6:23

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