Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 1: Chapter 6: Verses 31-39
At the expiry of one thousand revolutions of the four Yugas when Brahma (the Creator) rose and wished to bring forth this creation again, Marici and the other sages as well as myself were evolved out of his senses. With my vow of constant remembrance of God continuing uninterrupted, I move about inside as well as outside the three worlds; and by the grace of Lord Mahavisnu (Bhagavan Narayana, the Primal Person) my passage is nowhere obstructed. Playing upon (to the accompaniment of) this lute, bestowed upon me by the Lord Himself and bringing out the seven primary notes of thegamut that represent Brahma in the form of sound, I go about singing the story of Sri Hari.
As I thus sing of His exploits, the Lord of delightful renown, whose feet represent all sacred places (being the origin of them all), soon reveals Himself in my heart as if summoned by me. Narration of the Lord's doings has been found to be a veritable raft to cross the ocean of mundane existence for those whose mind is incessantly tormented by the craving for sense- enjoyment. A heart smitten with lust and greed every moment does not attain tranquillity so surely by recourse to the various practices of Yoga, such as self-control and so on,as through the worship of (devotion to) Lord Mukunda (the Bestower of Liberation). O sinless one, I have thus told you all that you asked me, viz., the secret of my own birth and doings (spiritual endeavours) and the means of satisfying your soul. Suta says : Having thus spoken to Vyasa (the son of Satyavati), the divine sage Narada took his leave and, playing upon his lute, went his way, having no object of his own to accomplish Ah ! blessed is this celestial sage, who, while singing the glory of Lord Visnu . (the Wielder of the Sarnga bow ) to the accompaniment of his lute, feels not only intoxicated himself but delights the unhappy world as well.
Thus ends the sixth discourse, forming part of the dialogue between Vyasa and
Narada, in Book One of the great and glorious Bhagavata-Purana,otherwise known as the Paramahamsa-Samhita.