TEXT 37
maitreya uvaca
rg-yajuh-samatharvakhyan
vedan purvadibhir mukhaih
sastram ijyam stuti-stomam
prayascittam vyadhat kramat
SYNONYMS
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.
TRANSLATION
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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