(1) Sûta said: "Just having realized what S'ukadeva Gosvâmî thus spoke about the verification of the reality of the soul, the chaste son of Uttarâ [Parîkchit] concentrated himself upon Lord Krishna. (2) In order not to be constantly disturbed, he gave up his deep-rooted affinity with his body, his wife, his son, his treasury and all his relatives and friends in the kingdom. (3-4) The great soul in full faith inquired for the purpose of this exactly the way you are asking me, o great sages. Being informed of his death he renounced his fruitive activity according the three principles [- of selfrealization: renouncing religious acts, economic development and sense gratification] and everything thereto and thus firmly fixed he achieved the attraction of love for the Supreme Lord Vâsudeva. (5) The king said: 'What you said is perfectly right, o learned one; being without contaminations you know it all and make the darkness of ignorance gradually disappear as you are speaking on the topics concerning the Lord. (6) Furthermore, I would like to learn how the Supreme Lord by His personal energies creates this phenomenal world of the universe so inconceivable for even the great masters of meditation. (7) And please tell me also about the way the powerful one maintains His energies and winds them up again, as the all-powerful Supreme Personality arriving at His expansions, involving them as also being involved Himself, enacting them and causing them to act. [see also canto1, chapter 3] (8) Even the highly learned in spite of their endeavors for Him, fall short, dear brahmin, in explaining the wonderful, inconceivable acts of the Supreme Lord. (9) Even though acting through His different incarnations He is the One and Supreme, whether He acts by modes, is there simultaneously in the material energy or is manifesting in many forms consecutively. (10) Please clear up these questions asked by me; since you, being as good as the Supreme Lord, are as well of the oral tradition with the vedic literatures as of full realization in transcendence'."
(11) Sûta said: "Upon thus being requested by the king to describe the transcendental attributes of Lord Hrishîkes'a [Krishna as the master of the senses] S'uka, in order to reply properly, proceeded methodically.
(12) S'rî S'uka said: 'My obeisances to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who for the maintenance as well as the winding up of the complete whole of the material creation, by His pastimes assumed the power of the three modes while residing within as the One whose ways are inconceivable. (13) Again my obeisances to Him who frees the truthful from the distressing controversies of the ones of untruth and again unto Him who is the form of pure goodness, granting all that is sought by those situated in the status of the highest stage of spiritual perfection [the paramahamsas]. (14) Let me offer my obeisances unto the great associate of the Yadu-dynasty who, keeping far from mundane wrangling, vanquishes the nondevotees. I bow down to Him who is of the same greatness of enjoying in opulences as in enjoying in His own abode the spiritual sky. (15) Of Him whose glorification, remembrance, audience, prayers, hearing and worship forthwith cleanses the effects of sin of all people; unto Him of whom one hears as being the all-auspicious one, I bring my due obeisances again and again. (16) The bright ones who by simply dedicating themselves to His lotus feet give up all attachments for a present or future existence completely, for sure realize without difficulty the progress of the heart and the soul towards the spiritual existence; unto that renown all-auspicious One my obeisances again and again. (17) The great sages, the great performers of charity, the most distinguished, the great thinkers, the great mantra chanters and the strict followers will never attain to tangible results without being dedicated to Him, unto Him so auspicious to hear about I offer my obeisances again and again. (18) The People of old Bharata, Europe, southern India, Greece, Pulkas'a [een province], Âbhîra [part of old Sind], S'umbha [another province], Turkey, Mongolia and yet others also addicted to sin who take to the shelter of the Lord His devotees at once get purified; towards Him, the powerful Lord Vishnu, my respectful obeisances. (19) He is the soul and Lord of the selfrealized; the personification of the Vedas, the religious literatures and austerity; the one held in awe by those above all pretensions, the Unborn One [Brahmâ] and Lord S'iva; o Supreme Lord, may your kindness be with me. (20) Of all opulence the owner, the director of all sacrifices, the leader of all living entities, the master of the intelligent, the ruler of all worlds, the supreme head of the planet Earth as well as the destination of the kings of the Yadu-dynasty in being the first among them; o Supreme Lord, master of all the devotees, be merciful upon me. (21) It is said that thinking of His lotus feet, at each moment absorbed, gives, purifying, following the authorities, for sure the pure knowledge of the ultimate reality of the soul and also that it makes the scholars describe Him the way they want; o Mukunda, my Supreme Lord, may Your grace always be with me. (22) May He who inspired the Goddess of Learning from the beginning and strengthened the first of creation [Lord Brahmâ] with remembrance in the heart about his own nature, while He Himself seemed to have been created from his mouth - may He, the Teacher of Teachers, be pleased with me. (23) He who lies down within the material creation empowering all these bodies made of the material elements while as the purusha [the original person] causing all to be subjected to the modes of nature with her sixteen divisions [consciousness , the elements of earth, water, fire, air, sky, the five organs of action and the senses]; may that Supreme Lord be the illustration of my statements. (24) My obeisances unto Him, the great lord of Vâsudeva [Vyâsadeva incarnate], the compiler of the vedic literatures, from whose lotus mouth his adherents drank the nectar of this knowledge. (25) The first one [Vyâsadeva; Brahmâ], my dear king, imparted, on the request of Nârada, from the inside, the vedic knowledge exactly as it was spoken by the Lord in the heart.'