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    मैत्रेय उवाच इति सन्दिश्य भगवान् बार्हिषदैरभिपूजितः । पश्यतां राजपुत्राणां तत्रैवान्तर्दधे हरः ।। ४-२५-१ ।।

    The great sage Maitreya continued speaking to Vidura: My dear Vidura, in this way Lord Śiva instructed the sons of King Barhiṣat. The sons of the King also worshiped Lord Śiva with great devotion and respect. Finally, Lord Śiva became invisible to the princes. ।। 4-25-1 ।।

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    रुद्रगीतं भगवतः स्तोत्रं सर्वे प्रचेतसः । जपन्तस्ते तपस्तेपुर्वर्षाणामयुतं जले ।। ४-२५-२ ।।

    All the Pracetā princes simply stood in the water for ten thousand years and recited the prayers given to them by Lord Śiva. ।। 4-25-2 ।।

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    प्राचीनबर्हिषं क्षत्तः कर्मस्वासक्तमानसम् । नारदोऽध्यात्मतत्त्वज्ञः कृपालुः प्रत्यबोधयत् ।। ४-२५-३ ।।

    While the princes were undergoing severe austerities in the water, their father was performing different types of fruitive activities. At this time the great saint Nārada, master and teacher of all spiritual life, became very compassionate upon the King and decided to instruct him about spiritual life. ।। 4-25-3 ।।

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    श्रेयस्त्वं कतमद्राजन् कर्मणाऽऽत्मन ईहसे । दुःखहानिः सुखावाप्तिः श्रेयस्तन्नेह चेष्यते ।। ४-२५-४ ।।

    Nārada Muni asked King Prācīnabarhiṣat: My dear King, what do you desire to achieve by performing these fruitive activities? The chief aim of life is to get rid of all miseries and enjoy happiness, but these two things cannot be realized by fruitive activity. ।। 4-25-4 ।।

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    राजोवाच न जानामि महाभाग परं कर्मापविद्धधीः । ब्रूहि मे विमलं ज्ञानं येन मुच्येय कर्मभिः ।। ४-२५-५ ।।

    The King replied: O great soul, Nārada, my intelligence is entangled in fruitive activities; therefore I do not know the ultimate goal of life. Kindly instruct me in pure knowledge so that I can get out of the entanglement of fruitive activities. ।। 4-25-5 ।।