- śrī-nārada uvāca
- natvā bhagavate 'jāya
- lokānāṁ dharma-setave
- vakṣye sanātanaṁ dharmaṁ
- nārāyaṇa-mukhāc chrutam
śrī-nāradaḥ uvāca—Śrī Nārada Muni said; natvā—offering my obeisances; bhagavate—unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead; ajāya—ever existing, never born; lokānām—throughout the entire universe; dharma-setave—who protects religious principles; vakṣye—I shall explain; sanātanam—eternal; dharmam—occupational duty; nārāyaṇa-mukhāt—from the mouth of Nārāyaṇa; śrutam—which I have heard.
Śrī Nārada Muni said: After first offering my obeisances unto Lord Kṛṣṇa, the protector of the religious principles of all living entities, let me explain the principles of the eternal religious system, of which I have heard from the mouth of Nārāyaṇa.
The word aja refers to Kṛṣṇa, who explains in Bhagavad-gītā (BG 4.6), ajo 'pi sann avyayātmā: "I am ever existing, and thus I never take birth. There is no change in My existence."