TEXT 8
sri-suka uvaca
sa ittham coditah ksattra
tattva-jijnasuna munih
pratyaha bhagavac-cittah
smayann iva gata-smayah
SYNONYMS
sri-sukah uvaca—Sri Sukadeva Gosvami said; sah—he (Maitreya Muni); ittham—in this way; coditah—being agitated; ksattra—by Vidura; tattva-jijnasuna—by one who was anxious to inquire to know the truth; munih—the great sage; pratyaha—replied; bhagavat-cittah—God conscious; smayan—wondering; iva—as if; gata-smayah—without hesitation.
TRANSLATION
Sri Sukadeva Gosvami said: O King, Maitreya, being thus agitated by the inquisitive Vidura, at first seemed astonished, but then he replied to him without hesitation, since he was fully God conscious.
PURPORT
Since the great sage Maitreya was filled with God consciousness, he had no reason to be astonished at such contradictory questions by Vidura. Therefore, although as a devotee he externally expressed surprise, as if he did not know how to reply to those questions, he immediately became perfectly settled and properly replied to Vidura. Yasmin vijnate sarvam evam vijnatam bhavati. Anyone who is a devotee of the Lord knows about the Lord to some extent, and devotional service to the Lord makes him able to know everything by the grace of the Lord. Although a devotee may apparently express himself to be ignorant, he is full of knowledge in every intricate matter.

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