Slokam-20. ( In this regard, learned scholars and saintly persons describe a very old historical incident involving a discussion between the order carriers of Lord Viṣṇu and those of Yamarāja. Please hear of this from me. )
atra codharantimam itihasam puratanam,
dutanam vishnu-yamayah samvadastam nibodha me.
atra = in this connection;
ca = also;
udaharanti = they give as an example;
imam = this;
itihasam = the history (of Ajamila);
puratanam = which is very old;
dutanam = of the order carriers;
vishnu = of Lord Vishnu;
yamayah = and of Yamaraja;
samvadah = the discussion/debate;
tam = that;
nibodha = try to understand;
me = from me.
The Puranas, or old histories, are sometimes neglected by unintelligent men who consider their descriptions mythological. Actually, the descriptions of the Puranas, or the old histories of the universe, are factual, although not chronological. The puranas record the chief incidents that have occurred over many millions of years, not only on this planet but also on other planets within the universe. Therefore all learned and realized Vedic scholars speak with references to the incidents in the Puranas. Sri Rupa Swami accepts the Puranas to be as important as the Vedas themselves.
Therefore in Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu he quotes the following verse from the Brahma-yamala:
“Devotional service of the Lord that ignores the authorized Vedic literatures like the Upaniṣads, Purāṇas and Nārada-pañcarātra is simply an unnecessary disturbance in society.”
“Devotional service of the Lord that ignores the authorized Vedic literatures like the Upanishads, puranas and Narada-pancaratra is simply an unnecessary disturbance in society.” A devotee of Krishna must refer not only to the Vedas, but also to the puranas. One should not foolishly consider the Puranas mythological. If they were mythological, Sri Suka Brahmarishi would not have taken the trouble to recite the old historical incidents concerning the life of Ajamila.
Next : history begins from slokam-21.
To be continued