1. 26

    मैत्रेय उवाच इत्यर्चितः स भगवानतिदिश्यात्मनः पदम् । बालस्य पश्यतो धाम स्वमगाद्गरुडध्वजः ।। ४-९-२६ ।।

    The great sage Maitreya said: After being worshiped and honored by the boy [Dhruva Mahārāja], and after offering him His abode, Lord Viṣṇu, on the back of Garuḍa, returned to His abode as Dhruva Mahārāja looked on. ।। 4-9-26 ।।

  2. 27

    सोऽपि सङ्कल्पजं विष्णोः पादसेवोपसादितम् । प्राप्य सङ्कल्पनिर्वाणं नातिप्रीतोभ्यगात्पुरम् ।। ४-९-२७ ।।

    Despite having achieved the desired result of his determination by worshiping the lotus feet of the Lord, Dhruva Mahārāja was not very pleased. Thus he returned to his home. ।। 4-9-27 ।।

  3. 28

    विदुर उवाच सुदुर्लभं यत्परमं पदं हरेर्मायाविनस्तच्चरणार्चनार्जितम् । लब्ध्वाप्यसिद्धार्थमिवैकजन्मना कथं स्वमात्मानममन्यतार्थवित् ।। ४-९-२८ ।।

    Śrī Vidura inquired: My dear brāhmaṇa, the abode of the Lord is very difficult to attain. It can be attained only by pure devotional service, which alone pleases the most affectionate, merciful Lord. Dhruva Mahārāja achieved this position even in one life, and he was very wise and conscientious. Why, then, was he not very pleased? ।। 4-9-28 ।।

  4. 29

    मैत्रेय उवाच मातुः सपत्न्या वाग्बाणैर्हृदि विद्धस्तु तान् स्मरन् । नैच्छन्मुक्तिपतेर्मुक्तिं तस्मात्तापमुपेयिवान् ।। ४-९-२९ ।।

    Maitreya answered: Dhruva Mahārāja’s heart, which was pierced by the arrows of the harsh words of his stepmother, was greatly aggrieved, and thus when he fixed upon his goal of life he did not forget her misbehavior. He did not demand actual liberation from this material world, but at the end of his devotional service, when the Supreme Personality of Godhead appeared before him, he was simply ashamed of the material demands he had in his mind. ।। 4-9-29 ।।

  5. 30

    ध्रुव उवाच समाधिना नैकभवेन यत्पदं विदुः सनन्दादय ऊर्ध्वरेतसः । मासैरहं षड्भिरमुष्यपादयोः छायामुपेत्यापगतः पृथङ्मतिः ।। ४-९-३० ।।

    Dhruva Mahārāja thought to himself: To endeavor to be situated in the shade of the lotus feet of the Lord is not an ordinary task, because even the great brahmacārīs headed by Sanandana, who practiced aṣṭāṅga-yoga in trance, attained the shelter of the Lord’s lotus feet only after many, many births. Within six months I achieved the same result, yet due to my thinking differently from the Lord, I fell down from my position. ।। 4-9-30 ।।