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Saunaka and the Sages Meet Suta Gosvami

Saunaka and the Sages Meet Suta Gosvami

According to the Vedic scriptures there are four ages, and the present one, known as the age of Kali, is difficult for those who desire to follow the path of self-realization. Five thousand years ago, at the beginning of this age, in a holy place in the forest of Naimisaranya, great sages headed by Saunaka assembled to perform a great thousand-year sacrifice for the satisfaction of the Lord and His devotees. One day, after finishing their morning duties, the sages offered a seat of esteem to Suta Gosvami, and made inquiries with great respect.

Thus Suta Gosvami spoke them Srimad-Bhagavatam, the mature fruit of the desire tree of Vedic literatures. The sages of Naimisaranya are all sincere souls who are anxious to learn the truth, and Suta Gosvami is a a bona fide spiritual master in the line of bona fide disciplic succession.

The sages said: “Respected Suta Gosvami, please explain to us, in an easily understandable way, what you have ascertained to be the absolute and ultimate good for the people in general. O learned one, in this iron age of Kali men have but short lives. They are quarrelsome, lazy, misguided, unlucky and, above all, always disturbed. There are many varieties of scriptures, and in all of them there are many prescribed duties, which can be learned only after many years of study in their various divisions. Therefore, O sage, please select the essence of all these scriptures and explain it for the good of all living beings, that by such instruction their hearts may be fully satisfied.”

Suta Gosvami was fully satisfied by the perfect questions of the sages, thanked them, and thus begun to reply by first offering his respectful obeisances unto his spiritual master, Sukadeva Gosvami.

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