1. 21

    राजोवाच सभ्याः श‍ृणुत भद्रं वः साधवो य इहागताः । सत्सु जिज्ञासुभिर्धर्ममावेद्यं स्वमनीषितम् ।। ४-२१-२१ ।।

    King Pṛthu said: O gentle members of the assembly, may all good fortune be upon you! May all of you great souls who have come to attend this meeting kindly hear my prayer attentively. A person who is actually inquisitive must present his decision before an assembly of noble souls. ।। 4-21-21 ।।

  2. 22

    अहं दण्डधरो राजा प्रजानामिह योजितः । रक्षिता वृत्तिदः स्वेषु सेतुषु स्थापिता पृथक् ।। ४-२१-२२ ।।

    King Pṛthu continued: By the grace of the Supreme Lord I have been appointed the king of this planet, and I carry the scepter to rule the citizens, protect them from all danger, and give them employment according to their respective positions in the social order established by Vedic injunction. ।। 4-21-22 ।।

  3. 23

    तस्य मे तदनुष्ठानाद्यानाहुर्ब्रह्मवादिनः । लोकाः स्युः कामसन्दोहा यस्य तुष्यति दिष्टदृक् ।। ४-२१-२३ ।।

    Mahārāja Pṛthu said: I think that upon the execution of my duties as king, I shall be able to achieve the desirable objectives described by experts in Vedic knowledge. This destination is certainly achieved by the pleasure of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is the seer of all destiny. ।। 4-21-23 ।।

  4. 24

    य उद्धरेत्करं राजा प्रजा धर्मेष्वशिक्षयन् । प्रजानां शमलं भुङ्क्ते भगं च स्वं जहाति सः ।। ४-२१-२४ ।।

    Any king who does not teach his citizens about their respective duties in terms of varṇa and āśrama but who simply exacts tolls and taxes from them is liable to suffer for the impious activities which have been performed by the citizens. In addition to such degradation, the king also loses his own fortune. ।। 4-21-24 ।।

  5. 25

    तत्प्रजा भर्तृपिण्डार्थं स्वार्थमेवानसूयवः । कुरुताधोक्षजधियस्तर्हि मेऽनुग्रहः कृतः ।। ४-२१-२५ ।।

    Pṛthu Mahārāja continued: Therefore, my dear citizens, for the welfare of your king after his death, you should execute your duties properly in terms of your positions of varṇa and āśrama and should always think of the Supreme Personality of Godhead within your hearts. By doing so, you will protect your own interests, and you will bestow mercy upon your king for his welfare after death. ।। 4-21-25 ।।