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Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 11.17.11
vedaḥ praṇava evāgre
dharmo 'haḿ vṛṣa-rūpa-dhṛk
haḿsaḿ māḿ mukta-kilbiṣāḥ
vedaḥ — the Veda; praṇavaḥ — the sacred syllable oḿ; eva — indeed; agre — in Satya-yuga; dharmaḥ — the object of mental activities; aham — I; vṛṣa-rūpa-dhṛk — bearing the form of the bull of religion; upāsate — they worship; tapaḥ-niṣṭhāḥ — fixed in austerity; haḿsam — Lord Haḿsa; mām — Me; mukta — freed from; kilbiṣāḥ — all sins.
In Satya-yuga the undivided Veda is expressed by the syllable oḿ, and I am the only object of mental activities. I become manifest as the four-legged bull of religion, and thus the inhabitants of Satya-yuga, fixed in austerity and free from all sins, worship Me as Lord Haḿsa.
The bull of religion is described in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (1.17.24): tapaḥ śaucam dayā satyam iti pādāḥ kṛte kṛtāḥ. "In the age of Satya [truthfulness], your four legs were established by the four principles of austerity, cleanliness, mercy and truthfulness." Śrī Vyāsadeva divided the one Veda into four — the Ṛg, Yajur, Sāma and Atharva Vedas — at the end of Dvāpara-yuga, but in Satya-yuga the whole of Vedic knowledge is easily understood by everyone simply by vibrating the syllable oḿ. In this age there are no ritualistic or pious activities such as sacrifice, since everyone is sinless, austere and fully engaged in worshiping the Personality of Godhead, Lord Haḿsa, through the process of meditation.
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