1. 36

    विदुर उवाच स वै विश्वसृजामीशो वेदादीन् मुखतोऽसृजत् । यद्यद्येनासृजद्देवस्तन्मे ब्रूहि तपोधन ।। ३-१२-३६ ।।

    Vidura said: O great sage whose only wealth is penance, kindly explain to me how and with whose help Brahmā established the Vedic knowledge which emanated from his mouth. ।। 3-12-36 ।।

  2. 37

    मैत्रेय उवाच ऋग्यजुःसामाथर्वाख्यान् वेदान् पूर्वादिभिर्मुखैः । शास्त्रमिज्यां स्तुतिस्तोमं प्रायश्चित्तं व्यधात्क्रमात् ।। ३-१२-३७ ।।

    Maitreya said: Beginning from the front face of Brahmā, gradually the four Vedas — Ṛk, Yajur, Sāma and Atharva — became manifest. Thereafter, Vedic hymns which had not been pronounced before, priestly rituals, the subject matters of the recitation, and transcendental activities were all established, one after another. ।। 3-12-37 ।।

  3. 38

    आयुर्वेदं धनुर्वेदं गान्धर्वं वेदमात्मनः । स्थापत्यं चासृजद्वेदं क्रमात्पूर्वादिभिर्मुखैः ।। ३-१२-३८ ।।

    He also created the medical science, military art, musical art and architectural science, all from the Vedas. They all emanated one after another, beginning from the front face. ।। 3-12-38 ।।

  4. 39

    इतिहासपुराणानि पञ्चमं वेदमीश्वरः । सर्वेभ्य एव वक्त्रेभ्यः ससृजे सर्वदर्शनः ।। ३-१२-३९ ।।

    Then he created the fifth Veda — the Purāṇas and the histories — from all his mouths, since he could see all the past, present and future. ।। 3-12-39 ।।

  5. 40

    षोडश्युक्थौ पूर्ववक्त्रात्पुरीष्यग्निष्टुतावथ । आप्तोर्यामातिरात्रौ च वाजपेयं सगोसवम् ।। ३-१२-४० ।।

    All the different varieties of fire sacrifices [ṣoḍaśī, uktha, purīṣi, agniṣṭoma, āptoryāma, atirātra, vājapeya and gosava] became manifested from the eastern mouth of Brahmā. ।। 3-12-40 ।।