pancamam vedam isvarah
sarvebhya eva vaktrebhyah
sasrje sarva-darsanah
itihasahistories; purananithe Puranas (supplementary Vedas); pancamamthe fifth; vedamthe Vedic literature; isvarahthe Lord; sarvebhyahall together; evacertainly; vaktrebhyahfrom his mouths; sasrjecreated; sarvaall around; darsanahone who can see all time.
Then he created the fifth Vedathe Puranas and the historiesfrom all his mouths, since he could see all the past, present and future.
There are histories of particular countries and nations and of the world, but the Puranas are the histories of the universe, not only in one millennium, but in many kalpas. Brahma has knowledge of those historical facts, and therefore all the puranas are histories. As originally composed by Brahma, they are part of the Vedas and are called the fifth Veda.

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