1. 16

    श्रीशुक उवाच एवं विरिञ्चादिभिरीडितस्तद्विज्ञाय तेषां हृदयं यथैव । जगाद जीमूतगभीरया गिरा बद्धाञ्जलीन् संवृतसर्वकारकान् ।‌। ८-६-१६ ।।

    Śukadeva Gosvāmī continued: When the Lord was thus offered prayers by the demigods, headed by Lord Brahmā, He understood the purpose for which they had approached Him. Therefore, in a deep voice that resembled the rumbling of clouds, the Lord replied to the demigods, who all stood there attentively with folded hands. ।‌। 8-6-16 ।।

  2. 17

    एक एवेश्वरस्तस्मिन् सुरकार्ये सुरेश्वरः । विहर्तुकामस्तानाह समुद्रोन्मथनादिभिः ।। ८-६-१७ ।।

    Although the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the master of the demigods, was capable of performing the activities of the demigods by Himself, He wanted to enjoy pastimes in churning the ocean. Therefore He spoke as follows. ।‌। 8-6-17 ।।

  3. 18

    श्रीभगवानुवाच हन्त ब्रह्मन्नहो शम्भो हे देवा मम भाषितम् । श‍ृणुतावहिताः सर्वे श्रेयो वः स्याद्यथा सुराः ।‌। ८-६-१८ ।।

    The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: O Lord Brahmā, Lord Śiva and other demigods, please hear Me with great attention, for what I say will bring good fortune for all of you. ।‌। 8-6-18 ।।

  4. 19

    यात दानवदैतेयैस्तावत्सन्धिर्विधीयताम् । कालेनानुगृहीतैस्तैर्यावद्वो भव आत्मनः ।‌। ८-६-१९ ।।

    As long as you are not flourishing, you should make a truce with the demons and asuras, who are now being favored by time. ।‌। 8-6-19 ।।

  5. 20

    अरयोऽपि हि सन्धेयाः सति कार्यार्थगौरवे । अहिमूषिकवद्देवा ह्यर्थस्य पदवीं गतैः ।। ८-६-२० ।।

    O demigods, fulfilling one’s own interests is so important that one may even have to make a truce with one’s enemies. For the sake of one’s self-interest, one has to act according to the logic of the snake and the mouse. ।‌। 8-6-20 ।।