Srimad Bhagavatham 1.1.11
भूरीणि भूरिकर्माणि श्रोतव्यानि विभागश: ।
अत: साधोऽत्र यत्सारं समुद्ध्रुत्य मनीषया ॥
भ्रूहि न: स्रद्दधानानां येनात्मा सम्प्रसीदति ॥ ११
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bhUriNi bhUrikarmANi srOtavyANi vibhAgasha: |
ata: sAdhOtra yatsAram samudruthya manIshayA ||
brUhi na: sradhdhadAnAnAm yEnAtmA samprasIdati || (11)
|भूरिकर्माणि||There are many rituals|
|विभागश:||to be performed as prescribed (in the Vedas)|
|भूरीणि||There are several Shastras|
|श्रोतव्यानि||that have to be heard and known|
|साधो||Oh! Sadhu ! Noble one!|
|मनीषया||by your wisdom|
|भ्रूहि न:||and tell us|
|स्रद्दधानानां||who are very eager and sincere to listen,|
|यत्सारं||that which is the essence|
|येनात्मा||and not by which the mind|
|सम्प्रसीदति||attains quietitude and joy.|
There are many rituals to be performed as prescribed (in the Vedas). There are several Shastras that have to be heard and known. Hence, Oh! Sadhu! Noble One! Among those please choose by your wisdom and tell us who are very eager and sincere to listen, that which is the essence and not by which the mind attains quietitude and joy.
Our Shastras are infinite. It is humanly not possible to have the knowledge of the entire Shastras. Moreover all the Shastras deal with a wide range of subjects. From them a person seeking God needs to know only the essence. A wise seeker of God discards all the unwanted matter and seeks only the essence. It is hard to discern what is the true import of the various Shastras by mere formal learning or by mental analysis. It is only the Guru who can enlighten us upon this.
Also all the Shastras ultimately aim at bringing the mind under control which leads to bliss. So the Rishis who are eager to know this sincerely, approach Suta and ask him to enlighten them on this.