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    राजोवाच मन्वन्तरेषु भगवन् यथा मन्वादयस्त्विमे । यस्मिन् कर्मणि ये येन नियुक्तास्तद्वदस्व मे ।। ८-१४-१ ।।

    Mahārāja Parīkṣit inquired: O most opulent Śukadeva Gosvāmī, please explain to me how Manu and the others in each manvantara are engaged in their respective duties, and by whose order they are so engaged. ।। 8-14-1 ।।

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    ऋषिरुवाच मनवो मनुपुत्राश्च मुनयश्च महीपते । इन्द्राः सुरगणाश्चैव सर्वे पुरुषशासनाः ।। ८-१४-२ ।।

    Śukadeva Gosvāmī said: The Manus, the sons of Manu, the great sages, the Indras and all the demigods, O King, are appointed by the Supreme Personality of Godhead in His various incarnations such as Yajña. ।। 8-14-2 ।।

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    यज्ञादयो याः कथिताः पौरुष्यस्तनवो नृप । मन्वादयो जगद्यात्रां नयन्त्याभिः प्रचोदिताः ।। ८-१४-३ ।।

    O King, I have already described to you various incarnations of the Lord, such as Yajña. The Manus and others are chosen by these incarnations, under whose direction they conduct the universal affairs. ।। 8-14-3 ।।

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    चतुर्युगान्ते कालेन ग्रस्तान् श्रुतिगणान् यथा । तपसा ऋषयोऽपश्यन् यतो धर्मः सनातनः ।। ८-१४-४ ।।

    At the end of every four yugas, the great saintly persons, upon seeing that the eternal occupational duties of mankind have been misused, reestablish the principles of religion. ।। 8-14-4 ।।

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    ततो धर्मं चतुष्पादं मनवो हरिणोदिताः । युक्ताः सञ्चारयन्त्यद्धा स्वे स्वे काले महीं नृप ।। ८-१४-५ ।।

    Thereafter, O King, the Manus, being fully engaged according to the instructions of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, directly reestablish the principles of occupational duty in its full four parts. ।। 8-14-5 ।।