TEXTS 2–3
vedopaveda niyama yamanvitas
tarketihasanga-purana-samhitah
ye capare yoga-samira-dipita-
jnanagnina randhita-karma-kalmasah
vavandire yat-smarananubhavatah
svayambhuvam dhama gata akarmakam
athanghraye pronnamitaya visnor
upaharat padma-bhavo ’rhanodakam
samarcya bhaktyabhyagrnac chuci-srava
yan-nabhi-pankeruha-sambhavah svayam
SYNONYMS
veda—the four Vedas (Sama, Yajur, Rg and Atharva), the original knowledge given by the Supreme Personality of Godhead; upavedah—the complementary and supplementary Vedic knowledge, like Ayur-veda and Dhanur-veda; niyamah—regulative principles; yama—controlling processes; anvitah—fully expert in such matters; tarka—logic; itihasa—history; anga—Vedic education; purana—old history recorded in the stories of the puranas; samhitah—Vedic complementary studies like the Brahma-samhita; ye—others; ca—also; apare—other than Lord Brahma and his associates; yoga-samira-dipita—ignited by the air of mystic yoga practice; jnana-agnina—by the fire of knowledge; randhita-karma-kalmasah—those for whom all pollution of fruitive activities has been stopped; vavandire—offered their prayers; yat-smarana-anubhavatah—simply by meditating on whom; svayambhuvam—of Lord Brahma; dhama—the residence; gatah—had achieved; akarmakam—which cannot be achieved by fruitive activities; atha—thereupon; anghraye—unto the lotus feet; pronnamitaya—offered obeisances; visnoh—of Lord Visnu; upaharat—offered worship; padma-bhavah—Lord Brahma, who appeared from the lotus flower; arhana-udakam—oblation by water; samarcya—worshiping; bhaktya—in devotional service; abhyagrnat—pleased him; suci-sravah—the most celebrated Vedic authority; yat-nabhi-pankeruha-sambhavah svayam—Lord Brahma, who personally appeared from the lotus in the navel of whom (the Personality of Godhead).
TRANSLATION
Among the great personalities who came to worship the lotus feet of the Lord were those who had attained perfection in self-control and regulative principles, as well as experts in logic, history, general education and the Vedic literature known as kalpe [dealing with old historical incidents]. Others were experts in the Vedic corollaries like Brahma-samhita, all the other knowledge of the Vedas [Sama, Yajur, Rg and Atharva], and also the supplementary Vedic knowledge [Ayur-veda, Dhanur-veda, etc.]. Others were those who had been freed of the reactions to fruitive activities by transcendental knowledge awakened by practice of yoga. And still others were those who had attained residence in Brahmaloka not by ordinary karma but by advanced Vedic knowledge. After devotedly worshiping the upraised lotus feet of the Supreme Lord with oblations of water, Lord Brahma, who was born of the lotus emanating from Lord Visnu’s navel, offered prayers to the Lord.

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