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Catuhsloki Bhagavat - Vedic Essence
To Lord Brahma the topmost devotee of the Lord within the universe, the Personality of Godhead replied to his four principal inquiries in four important statements, which are known as the original Bhagavatam in four verses. Brahma's questions:

(1) What are the forms of the Lord both in matter and in transcendence?
(2) How are the different energies of the Lord working?
(3) How does the Lord play with His different energies?
(4) How may Brahma be instructed to discharge the duty entrusted to Him?

SB 2.9.33:
Sri Bhagavan uvacha : aham evasam evagre nanyad yat sad-asat
param pascad aham yad etac ca yo 'vasisyeta so 'smy aham

Brahmā, it is I, the Personality of Godhead, who was existing before the creation, when there was nothing but Myself. Nor was there the material nature, the cause of this creation. That which you see now is also I, the Personality of Godhead, and after annihilation what remains will also be I, the Personality of Godhead.

SB 2.9.34:
rte 'rtham yat pratiyeta na pratiyeta catmani
tad vidyad atmano mayam yathabhaso yatha tamah

O Brahmā, whatever appears to be of any value, if it is without relation to Me, has no reality. Know it as My illusory energy, that reflection which appears to be in darkness.

SB 2.9.35:
yatha mahanti bhutani bhutesuccavacesv anu
pravistany apravistani tatha tesu na tesv aham

O Brahmā, please know that the universal elements enter into the cosmos and at the same time do not enter into the cosmos; similarly, I Myself also exist within everything created, and at the same time I am outside of everything.

SB 2.9.36:
etavad eva jijnasyam tattva jijnasunatmanah
anvaya-vyatirekabhyam yat syat sarvatra sarvada

A person who is searching after the Supreme Absolute Truth, the Personality of Godhead, most certainly search for it up to this, in all circumstances, in all space and time, and both directly and indirectly.

The chanting of the above slokas will have their own abundant and blissful Trancendental sound vibrations to influence the mind and intelligence of the person who chants them for they have been taught by the LORD NARAYANA (KRISHNA) to the first living being in the creation, LORD BRAHMA in order to progress in our goal to understand and reach Krishna. Further, reading or chanting of the four stanzas tantamounts to reading all the 18,000 stanzas in Srimad Bhagavatam. Brahma inturn taught to Maharshi Narada who preached the same to his disciple Sri Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa Deva and in this way they are handed our down the line.

After compiling the Vedic literature, Puranas, etc., Vyasadeva was still feeling unsatisfied. While thinking in this way Narada Muni reached the cottage of Vyasadeva and was asked about the cause of dissatisfaction. Narada Muni explained that because he (Vyasadeva) did not directly describe Krsna's pastimes, and instead gave a license to enjoy sense gratification under religious principles, he was remaining unsatisfied. Narada then instructed Vyasadeva in the catur sloka, or catuhsloki the essence of the Veda. Vyasadeva took these four verses and expanded them to compile the Srimad Bhagavatam