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    श्रीशुक उवाच ते नागराजमामन्त्र्य फलभागेन वासुकिम् । परिवीय गिरौ तस्मिन् नेत्रमब्धिं मुदान्विताः ।‌। ८-७-१ ।।

    Śukadeva Gosvāmī said: O best of the Kurus, Mahārāja Parīkṣit, the demigods and demons summoned Vāsuki, king of the serpents, requesting him to come and promising to give him a share of the nectar. They coiled Vāsuki around Mandara Mountain as a churning rope, and with great pleasure they endeavored to produce nectar by churning the Ocean of Milk. ।‌। 8-7-1 ।।

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    आरेभिरे सुसंयत्ता अमृतार्थे कुरूद्वह । हरिः पुरस्ताज्जगृहे पूर्वं देवास्ततोऽभवन् ।‌। ८-७-२ ।।

    The Personality of Godhead, Ajita, grasped the front portion of the snake, and then the demigods followed. ।‌। 8-7-2 ।।

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    तन्नैच्छन् दैत्यपतयो महापुरुषचेष्टितम् । न गृह्णीमो वयं पुच्छमहेरङ्गममङ्गलम् ।‌। ८-७-३ ।।

    The leaders of the demons thought it unwise to hold the tail, the inauspicious portion of the snake. Instead, they wanted to hold the front, which had been taken by the Personality of Godhead and the demigods, because that portion was auspicious and glorious. Thus the demons, on the plea that they were all highly advanced students of Vedic knowledge and were all famous for their birth and activities, protested that they wanted to hold the front of the snake. ।‌। 8-7-3 ।।

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    स्वाध्यायश्रुतसम्पन्नाः प्रख्याता जन्मकर्मभिः । इति तूष्णीं स्थितान् दैत्यान् विलोक्य पुरुषोत्तमः । स्मयमानो विसृज्याग्रं पुच्छं जग्राह सामरः ।‌। ८-७-४ ।।

    Thus the demons remained silent, opposing the desire of the demigods. Seeing the demons and understanding their motive, the Personality of Godhead smiled. Without discussion, He immediately accepted their proposal by grasping the tail of the snake, and the demigods followed Him. ।‌। 8-7-4 ।।

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    कृतस्थानविभागास्त एवं कश्यपनन्दनाः । ममन्थुः परमायत्ता अमृतार्थं पयोनिधिम् ।‌। ८-७-५ ।।

    After thus adjusting how the snake was to be held, the sons of Kaśyapa, both demigods and demons, began their activities, desiring to get nectar by churning the Ocean of Milk. ।‌। 8-7-5 ।।