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    मैत्रेय उवाच सत्सेवनीयो बत पूरुवंशो यल्लोकपालो भगवत्प्रधानः । बभूविथेहाजितकीर्तिमालां पदे पदे नूतनयस्यभीक्ष्णम् ।। ३-८-१ ।।

    The great sage Maitreya Muni said to Vidura: The royal dynasty of King Pūru is worthy to serve the pure devotees because all the descendants of that family are devoted to the Personality of Godhead. You are also born in that family, and it is wonderful that because of your attempt the transcendental pastimes of the Lord are becoming newer and newer at every moment. ।। 3-8-1 ।।

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    सोऽहं नृणां क्षुल्लसुखाय दुःखं महद्गतानां विरमाय तस्य । प्रवर्तये भागवतं पुराणं यदाह साक्षाद्भगवान् ऋषिभ्यः ।। ३-८-२ ।।

    Let me now begin speaking on the Bhāgavata Purāṇa, which was directly spoken to the great sages by the Personality of Godhead for the benefit of those who are entangled in extreme miseries for the sake of very little pleasure. ।। 3-8-2 ।।

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    आसीनमुर्व्यां भगवन्तमाद्यं सङ्कर्षणं देवमकुण्ठसत्त्वम् । विवित्सवस्तत्त्वमतःपरस्य कुमारमुख्या मुनयोऽन्वपृच्छन् ।। ३-८-३ ।।

    Some time ago, being inquisitive to know, Sanat-kumāra, the chief of the boy-saints, accompanied by other great sages, inquired exactly like you about the truths regarding Vāsudeva, the Supreme, from Lord Saṅkarṣaṇa, who is seated at the bottom of the universe. ।। 3-8-3 ।।

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    स्वमेव धिष्ण्यं बहु मानयन्तं यं वासुदेवाभिधमामनन्ति । प्रत्यग्धृताक्षाम्बुजकोशमीषदुन्मीलयन्तं विबुधोदयाय ।। ३-८-४ ।।

    At that time Lord Saṅkarṣaṇa was meditating upon His Supreme Lord, whom the learned esteem as Lord Vāsudeva, but for the sake of the advancement of the great learned sages He slightly opened His lotus like eyes and began to speak. ।। 3-8-4 ।।

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    स्वर्धुन्युदार्द्रैः स्वजटाकलापैरुपस्पृशन्तश्चरणोपधानम् । पद्मं यदर्चन्त्यहिराजकन्याः सप्रेमनानाबलिभिर्वरार्थाः ।। ३-८-५ ।।

    The sages came from the highest planets down to the lower region through the water of the Ganges, and therefore the hair on their heads was wet. They touched the lotus feet of the Lord, which are worshiped with various paraphernalia by the daughters of the serpent-king when they desire good husbands. ।। 3-8-5 ।।