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    शौनक उवाच महीं प्रतिष्ठामध्यस्य सौते स्वायम्भुवो मनुः । कान्यन्वतिष्ठद्द्वाराणि मार्गायावरजन्मनाम् ।। ३-२०-१ ।।

    Śrī Śaunaka inquired: O Sūta Gosvāmī, after the earth was again situated in its orbit, what did Svāyambhuva Manu do to show the path of liberation to persons who were to take birth later on? ।। 3-20-1 ।।

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    क्षत्ता महाभागवतः कृष्णस्यैकान्तिकः सुहृत् । यस्तत्याजाग्रजं कृष्णे सापत्यमघवानिति ।। ३-२०-२ ।।

    Śaunaka Ṛṣi inquired about Vidura, who was a great devotee and friend of Lord Kṛṣṇa and who gave up the company of his elder brother because the latter, along with his sons, played tricks against the desires of the Lord. ।। 3-20-2 ।।

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    द्वैपायनादनवरो महित्वे तस्य देहजः । सर्वात्मना श्रितः कृष्णं तत्परांश्चाप्यनुव्रतः ।। ३-२०-३ ।।

    Vidura was born from the body of Vedavyāsa and was not less than he. Thus he accepted the lotus feet of Kṛṣṇa wholeheartedly and was attached to His devotees. ।। 3-20-3 ।।

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    किमन्वपृच्छन्मैत्रेयं विरजास्तीर्थसेवया । उपगम्य कुशावर्त आसीनं तत्त्ववित्तमम् ।। ३-२०-४ ।।

    Vidura was purified of all passion by wandering in sacred places, and at last he reached Hardwar, where he met the great sage who knew the science of spiritual life, and he inquired from him. Śaunaka Ṛṣi therefore asked: What more did Vidura inquire from Maitreya? ।। 3-20-4 ।।

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    तयोः संवदतोः सूत प्रवृत्ता ह्यमलाः कथाः । आपो गाङ्गा इवाघघ्नीर्हरेः पादाम्बुजाश्रयाः ।। ३-२०-५ ।।

    Śaunaka inquired about the conversation between Vidura and Maitreya: There must have been many narrations of the spotless pastimes of the Lord. The hearing of such narrations is exactly like bathing in the water of the Ganges, for it can free one from all sinful reactions. ।। 3-20-5 ।।