Madhya-līlāChapter 22: The Process of Devotional Service

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Madhya 22.6

śrutir mātā pṛṣṭā diśati bhavad-ārādhana-vidhiḿ

yathā mātur vāṇī smṛtir api tathā vakti bhaginī

purāṇādyā ye sahaja-nivahās te tad-anugā

ataḥ satyaḿ jñātaḿ mura-hara bhavān eva śaraṇam

SYNONYMS

śrutiḥ — Vedic knowledge; mātā — like a mother who is affectionate to her children; pṛṣṭā — when questioned; diśati — she directs; bhavat — of You; ārādhana — worship; vidhim — the process; yathā — just as; mātuḥ vāṇī — the instructions of the mother; smṛtiḥ — the smṛti-śāstras, which explain the Vedic literatures; api — also; tathā — similarly; vakti — express; bhaginī — like a sister; purāṇa-ādyāḥ — headed by the Purāṇas; ye — which; — or; sahaja-nivahāḥ — like brothers; te — all of them; tat — of the mother; anugāḥ — followers; ataḥ — therefore; satyam — the truth; jñātam — known; mura-haraO killer of the demon Mura; bhavān — Your Lordship; eva — only; śaraṇam — the shelter.

TRANSLATION

"'When the mother Vedas [śruti] is questioned as to whom to worship, she says that You are the only Lord and worshipable object. Similarly, the corollaries of the śruti-śāstras, the smṛti-śāstras, give the same instructions, just like sisters. The Purāṇas, which are like brothers, follow in the footsteps of their mother. O enemy of the demon Mura, the conclusion is that You are the only shelter. Now I have understood this in truth.'

PURPORT

This quotation from the Vedic literature was spoken to the Lord by great sages.

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