Srimad Bhagavatam. Setting the Stage in Naimisharanya Canto 1 Chapter 4 Text 1-4. TEXT 1. vyāsa uvāca iti bruvāṇaṁ saṁstūya munīnāṁ dīrgha-satriṇām vṛddhaḥ kula-patiḥ sūtaṁ bahvṛcaḥ śaunako ’bravīt.
Setting the Stage in Naimisharanya
Canto 1 Chapter 4 Text 1-4
iti bruvāṇaṁ saṁstūya
vṛddhaḥ kula-patiḥ sūtaṁ
bahvṛcaḥ śaunako ’bravīt
Vyāsadeva said: On hearing Sūta Gosvāmī speak thus, Śaunaka Muni, who was the elderly, learned leader of all the ṛṣis engaged in that prolonged sacrificial ceremony, congratulated Sūta Gosvāmī by addressing him as follows.
Sukhadeva Goswami reciting Bhagavatam to King Praikshit
Suta Goswami reciting Bhagavatam in Naimisharanya
sūta sūta mahā-bhāga
vada no vadatāṁ vara
kathāṁ bhāgavatīṁ puṇyāṁ
yad āha bhagavāñ chukaḥ
Śaunaka said: O Sūta Gosvāmī, you are the most fortunate and respected of all those who can speak and recite. Please relate the pious message of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, which was spoken by the great and powerful sage Śukadeva Gosvāmī.
kasmin yuge pravṛtteyaṁ
sthāne vā kena hetunā
kutaḥ sañcoditaḥ kṛṣṇaḥ
kṛtavān saṁhitāṁ muniḥ
tasya putro mahā-yogī
gūḍho mūḍha iveyate
In what period and at what place was this first begun, and why was this taken up? From where did Kṛṣṇa-dvaipāyana Vyāsa, the great sage, get the inspiration to compile this literature?
His [Vyāsadeva’s] son was a great devotee, an equibalanced monist, whose mind was always concentrated in monism. He was transcendental to mundane activities, but being unexposed, he appeared like an ignorant person.