Canto 3: The Status QuoChapter 7: Further Inquires by Vidura

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 3.7.8

śrī-śuka uvāca

sa itthaḿ coditaḥ kṣattrā

tattva-jijñāsunā muniḥ

pratyāha bhagavac-cittaḥ

smayann iva gata-smayaḥ


śrī-śukaḥ uvācaŚrī Śukadeva Gosvāmī said; saḥhe (Maitreya Muni); itthamin this way; coditaḥ — being agitated; kṣattrā — by Vidura; tattva-jijñāsunā — by one who was anxious to inquire to know the truth; muniḥ — the great sage; pratyāha — replied; bhagavat-cittaḥ — God conscious; smayan — wondering; ivaas if; gata-smayaḥ — without hesitation.


Śrī Śukadeva Gosvāmī said: O King, Maitreya, being thus agitated by the inquisitive Vidura, at first seemed astonished, but then he replied to him without hesitation, since he was fully God conscious.


Since the great sage Maitreya was filled with God consciousness, he had no reason to be astonished at such contradictory questions by Vidura. Therefore, although as a devotee he externally expressed surprise, as if he did not know how to reply to those questions, he immediately became perfectly settled and properly replied to Vidura. Yasmin vijñāte sarvam evaḿ vijñātaḿ bhavati. Anyone who is a devotee of the Lord knows about the Lord to some extent, and devotional service to the Lord makes him able to know everything by the grace of the Lord. Although a devotee may apparently express himself to be ignorant, he is full of knowledge in every intricate matter.

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