SB 1.1 - Question 2 - What is the essence of all scriptures?
(Q2) (1.1.11) There are many varieties of scriptures and in all of them there are many prescribed duties, which can be learned only after many years of thorough study. So the sages asked Sūta to select the essence of all these scriptures and explain so that the hearts of all people would be fully satisfied. They wanted to know the scriptures worthy of hearing because these explain the many practices like hearing and chanting for attaining the highest goal. The self is never satisfied by any amount of material planning. It is not possible to execute the rules and regulations of the varṇa and āśrama society, which are the best means to uplift humans to the spiritual platform. Neither can people sever relations with their families as the varṇāśrama institution prescribes. Thus the spiritual emancipation for the common man in this age is very difficult. All scriptures are meant for the satisfaction for the ātmā. There are many approaches which are recommended for different types of living beings in different times and at different places. Consequently, the numbers of revealed scriptures are innumerable. Thus the sages asked Sūta to relate the essence of all scriptures.