Sanatsujatha Paramarshi said, “O King! Atharvā muni and the conglomeration of Maharshis who have been praised and spoken about in the past are only known as chanda – meter. But one who after reading all the Vedas in entirety has still failed to understand the Paramātmā who is worthy of being known and much sought after is not learned in reality.
Great King! Chanda is in an absolute relationship with Paramātmā . Hence, it is necessary to study the Vedas to attain the form of the Vedas namely Paramātmā who is the unsurpassable self-effulgent light.
King! In reality there is none who has known this tattva of the Vedas and if it can be understood, then only a very rare man can understand this secret. A man who knows only about the Maha Vakyas of the Vedas will not be able to know through the Vedas about the Paramātmā who is worthy of being known. But one who is established in satya, will know and realize the Vedapurusha namely Paramātmā.
Even the dedicated and sincere seekers of the secrets of the Vedas will be unable to understand its secrets because the secret of the Vedas and Paramātmā cannot be comprehended through one’s mind-intellect and others. A man who only knows the methodology and procedures of the Vedas will understand through his intellect only the subject of benefits and fruits of performing the acts as prescribed in the Vedas that will be bestowed upon him and therefore, one who is aware of the fruits and benefits of performing the prescribed acts with desirous intentions will not know the Parabrahma Paramātmā.
But one who has known, understood and realized the secret of the Vedas will also know and realize Paramātmā. But neither does the one who knows the Maha Vakyas nor the one who is well-versed with the Vedas know Paramātmā. Also, one knows the secret of the Vedas is a Mahapurush who knows Brahman and he realizes the secret of the Vedas through the Vedas only.
Similar to how the branches of a tree lean forward to reveal the secret and important time and art of dvitya thithi of the moon, a learned man also claims that the Vedas are to be used as a guide and understood for one to attain the jnāna of satyaswaroopa Paramātmā.
[Sanatsujatha Parva – Chapters 43 of Udyoga Parva – Slokas 50 – 55]