atrapy udaharantimam
itihasam puratanam
yamasya preta-bandhunam
samvadam tam nibodhata
atrain this connection; apiindeed; udaharantithey cite; imamthis; itihasamhistory; puratanamvery old; yamasyaof Yamaraja, the superintendent of death, who gives judgment after death; preta-bandhunamof the friends of a dead man; samvadamdiscussion; tamthat; nibodhatatry to understand.
In this regard, an example is given from an old history. This involves a discourse between Yamaraja and the friends of a dead person. Please hear it attentively.
The words itihasam puratanam mean an old history. The Puranas are not chronologically recorded, but the incidents mentioned in the Puranas are actual histories of bygone ages. Srimad-Bhagavatam is the Maha-Purana, the essence of all the Puranas. The Mayavadi scholars do not accept the Puranas, but Srila Madhvacarya and all other authorities accept them as the authoritative histories of the world.

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