TEXTS 2–3
vedopavedā niyamā yamānvitās
tarketihāsāṅga-purāṇa-saṁhitāḥ
ye cāpare yoga-samīra-dīpita-
jñānāgninā randhita-karma-kalmaṣāḥ
vavandire yat-smaraṇānubhāvataḥ
svāyambhuvaṁ dhāma gatā akarmakam
athāṅghraye pronnamitāya viṣṇor
upāharat padma-bhavo ’rhaṇodakam
samarcya bhaktyābhyagṛṇāc chuci-śravā
yan-nābhi-paṅkeruha-sambhavaḥ svayam
SYNONYMS
veda—the four Vedas (Sāma, Yajur, Ṛg and Atharva), the original knowledge given by the Supreme Personality of Godhead; upavedāḥ—the complementary and supplementary Vedic knowledge, like Āyur-veda and Dhanur-veda; niyamāḥ—regulative principles; yama—controlling processes; anvitāḥ—fully expert in such matters; tarka—logic; itihāsa—history; aṅga—Vedic education; purāṇa—old history recorded in the stories of the purāṇas; saṁhitāḥ—Vedic complementary studies like the Brahma-saṁhitā; ye—others; ca—also; apare—other than Lord Brahmā and his associates; yoga-samīra-dīpita—ignited by the air of mystic yoga practice; jñāna-agninā—by the fire of knowledge; randhita-karma-kalmaṣāḥ—those for whom all pollution of fruitive activities has been stopped; vavandire—offered their prayers; yat-smaraṇa-anubhāvataḥ—simply by meditating on whom; svāyambhuvam—of Lord Brahmā; dhāma—the residence; gatāḥ—had achieved; akarmakam—which cannot be achieved by fruitive activities; atha—thereupon; aṅghraye—unto the lotus feet; pronnamitāya—offered obeisances; viṣṇoḥ—of Lord Viṣṇu; upāharat—offered worship; padma-bhavaḥ—Lord Brahmā, who appeared from the lotus flower; arhaṇa-udakam—oblation by water; samarcya—worshiping; bhaktyā—in devotional service; abhyagṛṇāt—pleased him; śuci-śravāḥ—the most celebrated Vedic authority; yat-nābhi-paṅkeruha-sambhavaḥ svayam—Lord Brahmā, 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-saṁhitā, all the other knowledge of the Vedas [Sāma, Yajur, Ṛg and Atharva], and also the supplementary Vedic knowledge [Āyur-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 Brahmā, who was born of the lotus emanating from Lord Viṣṇu’s navel, offered prayers to the Lord.

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