tam abhijnaya sahasa
pujayam asa vidhivan
tam abhijnaya—seeing the good fortune of his (Narada's) arrival; sahasa—all of a sudden; pratyutthaya—getting up; agatam—arrived at; munih—Vyasadeva; pujayam asa—worship; vidhi-vat—with the same respect as offered to Vidhi (Brahma); naradam—to Narada; sura-pujitam—worshiped by the demigods.
At the auspicious arrival of Sri Narada, Sri Vyasadeva got up respectfully and worshiped him, giving him veneration equal to that given to Brahmaji, the creator.
Vidhi means Brahma, the first created living being. He is the original student as well as professor of the Vedas. He learned it from Sri Krsna and taught Narada first. So Narada is the second acarya in the line of spiritual disciplic succession. He is the representative of Brahma, and therefore he is respected exactly like Brahma, the father of all vidhis (regulations); similarly all other successive disciples in the chain are also equally respected as representatives of the original spiritual master.
Thus end the Bhaktivedanta purports of the First Canto, Fourth Chapter, of the Srimad-Bhagavatam, entitled "The Appearance of Sri Narada."
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