vedān pūrvādibhir mukhaiḥ
śāstram ijyāṁ stuti-stomaṁ
prāyaścittaṁ vyadhāt kramāt
maitreyaḥ uvāca—Maitreya said; ṛk-yajuḥ-sāma-atharva—the four Vedas; ākhyān—of the name; vedān—Vedic literatures; pūrva-ādibhiḥ—beginning with the front; mukhaiḥ—by the mouths; śāstram—Vedic hymns not pronounced before; ijyām—priestly rituals; stuti-stomam—the subject matter of the reciters; prāyaścittam—transcendental activities; vyadhāt—established; kramāt—one after another.
Maitreya said: Beginning from the front face of Brahmā, gradually the four Vedas—Ṛk, Yajur, Sāma 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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