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    मैत्रेय उवाच भृग्वादयस्ते मुनयो लोकानां क्षेमदर्शिनः । गोप्तर्यसति वै नॄणां पश्यन्तः पशुसाम्यताम् ।। ४-१४-१ ।।

    The great sage Maitreya continued: O great hero Vidura, the great sages, headed by Bhṛgu, were always thinking of the welfare of the people in general. When they saw that in the absence of King Aṅga there was no one to protect the interests of the people, they understood that without a ruler the people would become independent and nonregulated. ।। 4-14-1 ।।

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    वीरमातरमाहूय सुनीथां ब्रह्मवादिनः । प्रकृत्यसम्मतं वेनमभ्यषिञ्चन् पतिं भुवः ।। ४-१४-२ ।।

    The great sages then called for the Queen Mother, Sunīthā, and with her permission they installed Vena on the throne as master of the world. All the ministers, however, disagreed with this. ।। 4-14-2 ।।

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    श्रुत्वा नृपासनगतं वेनमत्युग्रशासनम् । निलिल्युर्दस्यवः सद्यः सर्पत्रस्ता इवाखवः ।। ४-१४-३ ।।

    It was already known that Vena was very severe and cruel; therefore, as soon as all the thieves and rogues in the state heard of his ascendance to the royal throne, they became very much afraid of him. Indeed, they hid themselves here and there as rats hide themselves from snakes. ।। 4-14-3 ।।

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    स आरूढनृपस्थान उन्नद्धोऽष्टविभूतिभिः । अवमेने महाभागान् स्तब्धः सम्भावितः स्वतः ।। ४-१४-४ ।।

    When the King ascended to the throne, he became all-powerful with eight kinds of opulences. Consequently he became too proud. By virtue of his false prestige, he considered himself to be greater than anyone. Thus he began to insult great personalities. ।। 4-14-4 ।।

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    एवं मदान्ध उत्सिक्तो निरङ्कुश इव द्विपः । पर्यटन् रथमास्थाय कम्पयन्निव रोदसी ।। ४-१४-५ ।।

    When he became overly blind due to his opulences, King Vena mounted a chariot and, like an uncontrolled elephant, began to travel through the kingdom, causing the sky and earth to tremble wherever he went. ।। 4-14-5 ।।