prayena veda tad idam na mahajanoyam
devya vimohita-matir bata mayayalam,
trayyam jadi-krta-matir madhu-pushpitayam
vaitanike mahati karmani yujyamanah.
prayena = almost always;
veda = know;
tat = that;
idam = this;
na = not;
mahajanah = great personalities besides Svayambhu, Sambhu and the other ten;
ayam = this;
devya = by the energy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead;
vimohita-matih = whose intelligence is bewildered;
bata = indeed;
mayaya alam = by the illusory energy, greatly;
trayyam = in the three Vedas;
jadi-krta-matih = whose intelligence has been dulled;
madhu-pushpitayam = in the flowery Vedic language describing the results of ritualistic performances;
vaitanike = in the performances mentioned in the Vedas;
mahati = very great;
karmani = fruitive activities;
yujyamanah = being engaged.
Because they are bewildered by the illusory energy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Yajnavalkya and Jaimini and other compilers of the religious scriptures cannot know the secret, confidential religious system of the twelve mahajanas.
They cannot understand the transcendental value of performing devotional service or chanting the Krishna mantram.
Because their minds are attracted to the ritualistic ceremonies mentioned in the Vedas—especially the Yajur Veda, Sama Veda and Rig Veda—their intelligence has become dull.
Thus they are busy collecting the ingredients for ritualistic ceremonies that yield only temporary benefits, such as elevation to Svargaloka for material happiness.
They are not attracted to the Atma-sashatkaram; instead, they are interested in dharma, artha, kama and Moksham.
Since one may easily achieve the highest success by chanting the holy name of the Lord, one may ask why there are so many Vedic ritualistic ceremonies and why people are attracted to them.
This slokam answers that question.
As stated in Bhagavad-gita (15.15) : the real purpose of studying the Vedas is to approach the lotus feet of Lord.
Unfortunately, unintelligent people bewildered by the grandeur of Vedic yajnas want to see gorgeous sacrifices performed.
They want Vedic mantras chanted and huge amounts of money spent for such ceremonies.
Sometimes we have to observe the Vedic ritualistic ceremonies to please such unintelligent men.
To be continued ....