vedan purvadibhir mukhaih
sastram ijyam stuti-stomam
prayascittam vyadhat kramat
maitreyah uvaca—Maitreya said; rk-yajuh-sama-atharva—the four Vedas; akhyan—of the name; vedan—Vedic literatures; purva-adibhih—beginning with the front; mukhaih—by the mouths; sastram—Vedic hymns not pronounced before; ijyam—priestly rituals; stuti-stomam—the subject matter of the reciters; prayascittam—transcendental activities; vyadhat—established; kramat—one after another.
Maitreya said: Beginning from the front face of Brahma, gradually the four Vedas—Rk, Yajur, Sama and Atharva—became manifest. Thereafter, Vedic hymns which had not been pronounced before, priestly rituals, the subject matters of the recitation, and transcendental activities were all established, one after another.
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