suta uvaca
atha tam sukham asina
upasinam brhac-chravah
devarsih praha viprarsim
vina-panih smayann iva
sutahSuta; uvacasaid; athatherefore; tamhim; sukham asinahcomfortably seated; upasinamunto one sitting nearby; brhat-sravahgreatly respected; devarsihthe great rsi among the gods; prahasaid; viprarsimunto the rsi among the brahmanas; vina-panihone who carries a vina in his hand; smayan ivaapparently smiling.
Suta Gosvami said: Thus the sage amongst the gods [Narada], comfortably seated and apparently smiling, addressed the rsi 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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