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    मैत्रेय उवाच पितृभ्यां प्रस्थिते साध्वी पतिमिङ्गितकोविदा । नित्यं पर्यचरत्प्रीत्या भवानीव भवं प्रभुम् ।। ३-२३-१ ।।

    Maitreya continued: After the departure of her parents, the chaste woman Devahūti, who could understand the desires of her husband, served him constantly with great love, as Bhavānī, the wife of Lord Śiva, serves her husband. ।। 3-23-1 ।।

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    विश्रम्भेणात्मशौचेन गौरवेण दमेन च । शुश्रूषया सौहृदेन वाचा मधुरया च भोः ।। ३-२३-२ ।।

    O Vidura, Devahūti served her husband with intimacy and great respect, with control of the senses, with love and with sweet words. ।। 3-23-2 ।।

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    विसृज्य कामं दम्भं च द्वेषं लोभमघं मदम् । अप्रमत्तोद्यता नित्यं तेजीयांसमतोषयत् ।। ३-२३-३ ।।

    Working sanely and diligently, she pleased her very powerful husband, giving up all lust, pride, envy, greed, sinful activities and vanity. ।। 3-23-3 ।।

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    स वै देवर्षिवर्यस्तां मानवीं समनुव्रताम् । दैवाद्गरीयसः पत्युराशासानां महाशिषः ।। ३-२३-४ ।।

    The daughter of Manu, who was fully devoted to her husband, looked upon him as greater even than providence. Thus she expected great blessings from him. ।। 3-23-4 ।।

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    कालेन भूयसा क्षामां कर्शितां व्रतचर्यया । प्रेमगद्गदया वाचा पीडितः कृपयाब्रवीत् ।। ३-२३-५ ।।

    Having served him for a long time, she grew weak and emaciated due to her religious observances. Seeing her condition, Kardama, the foremost of celestial sages, was overcome with compassion and spoke to her in a voice choked with great love. ।। 3-23-5 ।।