Please note: The synonyms, translation and purport of this verse were composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda
- śrī-śaunaka uvāca
- sūta jīva ciraṁ sādho
- vada no vadatāṁ vara
- tamasy apāre bhramatāṁ
- nṟṇāṁ tvaṁ pāra-darśanaḥ
śrī-śaunakaḥ uvāca—Śrī Śaunaka said; sūta—O Sūta Gosvāmī; jīva—may you live; ciram—for a long time; sādho—O saint; vada—please speak; naḥ—to us; vadatām—of speakers; vara—O you who are the best; tamasi—in darkness; apāre—unbounded; bhramatām—who are wandering; nṟṇām—for men; tvam—you; pāra-darśanaḥ—the seer of the opposite shore.
Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda
Śrī Śaunaka said: O Sūta, may you live a long life! O saintly one, best of speakers, please continue speaking to us. Indeed, only you can show men the path out of the ignorance in which they are wandering.
According to Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī, the sages saw that Sūta Gosvāmī was about to end his narration of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, and thus they urged him to first tell the story of Mārkaṇḍeya Ṛṣi.