SB 1.4 - The qualification of Suta Gosvami

Śaunaka said that Sūta was an expert in the meaning of all subjects, except some portions of the Vedas, and thus can clearly answer all the questions the sages had put forth to him. Sūta was not expert in chanting the Vedic mantras with metric pronunciation. He was more a parivrājaka than a brāhmaṇa. The brāhmaṇas are meant to administer some fruitive sacrifices mentioned in the Vedas, but the parivrājakācāryas are meant to disseminate transcendental knowledge to one and all. Both of them are meant for the same end, in different ways. Their difference is like the difference between the Vedas and the Purāṇas. There is no difference between the Vedic mantras and what is explained in the Purāṇas. All Vedas, Purāṇas, Upaniṣads etc are emanations from the breathing of the Supreme Lord. The difference is the Vedic mantras require some training to practice the pronunciation and involves more parrot-like chanting. The Purāṇas explain what is there in the Vedas in an easy way. One should not think that Bhāgavatam is inferior to the Vedas because of Sūta’s particular qualification. All persons are qualified for the final fruit of the tree of all the Vedas. Bhāgavata Purāṇa, the ripened fruit of the tree of the Vedas, is the essence of all śrutis.