Canto 1: CreationChapter 4: The Appearance of Śrī Nārada

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 1.4.7

kathaḿ pāṇḍaveyasya

rājarṣer muninā saha

saḿvādaḥ samabhūt tāta

yatraiṣā sātvatī śrutiḥ

SYNONYMS

katham — how is it; — also; pāṇḍaveyasya — of the descendant of Pāṇḍu (Parīkṣit); rājarṣeḥ — of the king who was a sage; muninā — with the muni; saha — with; saḿvādaḥ — discussion; samabhūt — took place; tātaO darling; yatra — whereupon; eṣā — like this; sātvatī — transcendental; śrutiḥ — essence of the Vedas.

TRANSLATION

How did it so happen that King Parīkṣit met this great sage, making it possible for this great transcendental essence of the Vedas [Bhāgavatam] to be sung to him?

PURPORT

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is stated here as the essence of the Vedas. It is not an imaginary story as it is sometimes considered by unauthorized men. It is also called Śuka-saḿhitā, or the Vedic hymn spoken by Śrī Śukadeva Gosvāmī, the great liberated sage.

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