TEXT 24
etad akhyahi me brahman
sunithatmaja-cestitam
sraddadhanaya bhaktaya
tvam paravara-vittamah
SYNONYMS
etat—all these; akhyahi—please describe; me—unto me; brahman—O great brahmana; sunitha-atmaja—of the son of Sunitha, Vena; cestitam—activities; sraddadhanaya—faithful; bhaktaya—unto your devotee; tvam—you; para-avara—with past and future; vit-tamah—well conversant.
TRANSLATION
Vidura requested Maitreya: My dear brahmana, you are well conversant with all subjects, both past and future. Therefore I wish to hear from you all the activities of King Vena. I am your faithful devotee, so please explain this.
PURPORT
Vidura accepted Maitreya as his spiritual master. A disciple always inquires from the spiritual master, and the spiritual master answers the question, provided the disciple is very gentle and devoted. Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura said that by the mercy of the spiritual master one is blessed with the mercy of the Supreme Lord. The spiritual master is not inclined to disclose all the secrets of transcendental science unless the disciple is very submissive and devoted. As stated in the Bhagavad-gita, the process of receiving knowledge from the spiritual master entails submission, inquiry and service.

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