Canto 1: CreationChapter 5: Narada's Instructions on Srimad-Bhagavatam for Vyasadeva

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Srimad Bhagavatam 1.5.1

suta uvaca

atha tam sukham asina

upasinam brihac-chravah

devarshih praha viprarshim

vina-panih smayann iva


sutah -- Suta; uvaca -- said; atha -- therefore; tam -- him; sukham asinah -- comfortably seated; upasinam -- unto one sitting nearby; brihat-sravah -- greatly respected; devarshih -- the great rishi among the gods; praha -- said; viprarshim -- unto the rishi among the brahmanas; vina-panih -- one who carries a vina in his hand; smayan iva -- apparently smiling.


Suta Gosvami said: Thus the sage amongst the gods [Narada], comfortably seated and apparently smiling, addressed the rishi amongst the brahmanas [Vedavyasa].


Narada was smiling because he well knew the great sage Vedavyasa and the cause of his disappointment. As he will explain gradually, Vyasadeva's disappointment was due to insufficiency in presenting the science of devotional service. Narada knew the defect, and it was confirmed by the position of Vyasa.

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