evam pariksita rajna
prstah provaca bhagavan
sri-sutah uvaca—Sri Suta Gosvami said; evam—in this way; pariksita—by Maharaja Pariksit; rajna—by the King; sadasi—in the assembly; brahma-vadinam—of all the great saintly experts in Vedic knowledge; prstah—having been asked; provaca—answered; bhagavan—the most powerful; sukah—Suka Gosvami; parama-dharma-vit—the most learned scholar in religious principles.
Suta Gosvami said: When Sukadeva Gosvami, the greatest knower of religious principles, was thus requested by Maharaja Pariksit in the assembly of all the scholars learned in Vedic knowledge, he then proceeded to speak.
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