Book 10: Eighty-seven (Latter Half)
Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 10: Chapter 87: Verses 1-10
A Song of Praise uttered by the Vedas (in their living form)
Pariksit submitted : How can the Sruti texts, dealing as they do with the (three) Gunas (material phenomena), refer directly to Brahma (the Absolute), which is indefinable and beyond the (three) Gunas and transcends (both) the Cause (the Unmanifest) as well as the effect (the visible universe) ? Sri Suka replied: The almighty Lord evolved the intellect, senses, mind and the vital airs of the (innumerable) Jivas (embodied souls) for their enjoyment (of sense-delights), acts of being born and so on, for enjoying the delights of the various worlds and for final beatitude (in the shape of cessation of all speculation). (It is with the help of these that one can determine the real import of the Sruti texts, which as a matter of fact deal with Brahma alone). This indeed is the well-known secret of the Vedas relating to Brahma, treasured up by Sanaka and others (more ancient even than the ancient).Whosoever cherishes it (even now) will be shorn of identification with body etc., and attain blessedness. On this subject I shall narrate to you a story connected with the (divine sage) Narayana, and shall also reproduce (as follows) the dialogue between (the celestial sage) Narada and the sage Narayana.
- Another name of Badarikasrama, where the famous shrine of Badrinatha is now situated.