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    यच्चान्यदपि कृष्णस्य भवान् भगवतः प्रभोः । श्रवः सुश्रवसः पुण्यं पूर्वदेहकथाश्रयम् ।। ४-१७-६ ।।

    Pṛthu Mahārāja was a powerful incarnation of Lord Kṛṣṇa’s potencies; consequently any narration concerning his activities is surely very pleasing to hear, and it produces all good fortune. ।। 4-17-6 ।।

  2. 7

    भक्ताय मेऽनुरक्ताय तव चाधोक्षजस्य च । वक्तुमर्हसि योऽदुह्यद्वैन्यरूपेण गामिमाम् ।। ४-१७-७ ।।

    As far as I am concerned, I am always your devotee as well as a devotee of the Lord, who is known as Adhokṣaja. Please therefore narrate all the stories of King Pṛthu, who, in the form of the son of King Vena, milked the cow-shaped earth. ।। 4-17-7 ।।

  3. 8

    सूत उवाच चोदितो विदुरेणैवं वासुदेवकथां प्रति । प्रशस्य तं प्रीतमना मैत्रेयः प्रत्यभाषत ।। ४-१७-८ ।।

    Sūta Gosvāmī continued: When Vidura became inspired to hear of the activities of Lord Kṛṣṇa in His various incarnations, Maitreya, also being inspired and being very pleased with Vidura, began to praise him. Then Maitreya spoke as follows. ।। 4-17-8 ।।

  4. 9

    मैत्रेय उवाच यदाभिषिक्तः पृथुरङ्ग विप्रैरामन्त्रितो जनतायाश्च पालः । प्रजा निरन्ने क्षितिपृष्ठ एत्य क्षुत्क्षामदेहाः पतिमभ्यवोचन् ।। ४-१७-९ ।।

    The great sage Maitreya continued: My dear Vidura, at the time King Pṛthu was enthroned by the great sages and brāhmaṇas and declared to be the protector of the citizens, there was a scarcity of food grains. The citizens actually became skinny due to starvation. Therefore they came before the King and informed him of their real situation. ।। 4-17-9 ।।

  5. 10

    वयं राजञ्जाठरेणाभितप्ता यथाग्निना कोटरस्थेन वृक्षाः । त्वामद्य याताः शरणं शरण्यं यः साधितो वृत्तिकरः पतिर्नः ।। ४-१७-१० ।।

    Dear King, just as a tree with a fire burning in the hollow of the trunk gradually dries up, we are drying up due to the fire of hunger in our stomachs. You are the protector of surrendered souls, and you have been appointed to give employment to us. ।। 4-17-10 ।।