sa evaṁ brahma-putreṇa
praśasyovāca taṁ nṛpaḥ
maitreyaḥ uvāca—the great sage Maitreya said; saḥ—the King; evam—thus; brahma-putreṇa—by the son of Lord Brahmā; kumāreṇa—by one of the Kumāras; ātma-medhasā—well versed in spiritual knowledge; darśita—being shown; ātma-gatiḥ—spiritual advancement; samyak—completely; praśasya—worshiping; uvāca—said; tam—unto him; nṛpaḥ—the King.
The great sage Maitreya continued: Being thus enlightened in complete spiritual knowledge by the son of Brahmā—one of the Kumāras, who was complete in spiritual knowledge—the King worshiped them in the following words.
In this verse the word ātma-medhasā is commented upon by Śrīpāda Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura, who says that ātmani means “unto Lord Kṛṣṇa, paramātmani.” Lord Kṛṣṇa is Paramātmā. Īśvaraḥ paramaḥ kṛṣṇaḥ (Brahma-saṁhitā 5.1). Therefore one whose mind is acting fully in Kṛṣṇa consciousness is called ātma-medhāḥ. This may be contrasted to the word gṛha-medhī, which refers to one whose brain is always engrossed with thoughts of material activities. The ātma-medhāḥ is always thinking of Kṛṣṇa’s activities in Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Since Sanat-kumāra, who was a son of Lord Brahmā, was fully Kṛṣṇa conscious, he could point out the path of spiritual advancement. The word ātma-gatiḥ refers to that path of activities by which one can make progress in understanding Kṛṣṇa.
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