1. 21

    स चिन्तयन्नघं राज्ञः सूदरूपधरो गृहे । गुरवे भोक्तुकामाय पक्त्वा निन्ये नरामिषम् ।। ९-९-२१ ।।

    Thinking to harm the King, he became the cook at the King’s house. One day, the King’s spiritual master, Vasiṣṭha Muni, was invited for dinner, and the Rākṣasa cook served him human flesh. ।। 9-9-21 ।।

  2. 22

    परिवेक्ष्यमाणं भगवान् विलोक्याभक्ष्यमञ्जसा । राजानमशपत्क्रुद्धो रक्षो ह्येवं भविष्यसि ।। ९-९-२२ ।।

    While examining the food given to him, Vasiṣṭha Muni, by his mystic power, could understand that it was unfit to eat, being the flesh of a human being. He was very angry at this and immediately cursed Saudāsa to become a man-eater. ।। 9-9-22 ।।

  3. 23

    रक्षःकृतं तद्विदित्वा चक्रे द्वादशवार्षिकम् । सोऽप्यपोऽञ्जलिमादाय गुरुं शप्तुं समुद्यतः ।। ९-९-२३ ।।

    When Vasiṣṭha understood that the human flesh had been served by the Rākṣasa, not by the King, he undertook twelve years of austerity to cleanse himself for having cursed the faultless King. Meanwhile, King Saudāsa took water and chanted the śapa-mantra, preparing to curse Vasiṣṭha, ।। 9-9-23 ।।

  4. 24

    वारितो मदयन्त्यापो रुशतीः पादयोर्जहौ । दिशः खमवनीं सर्वं पश्यन् जीवमयं नृपः ।। ९-९-२४ ।।

    But his wife, Madayantī, forbade him to do so. Then the King saw that the ten directions, the sky and the surface of the globe were full of living entities everywhere. ।। 9-9-24 ।।

  5. 25

    राक्षसं भावमापन्नः पादे कल्माषतां गतः । व्यवायकाले ददृशे वनौकोदम्पती द्विजौ ।। ९-९-२५ ।।

    Saudāsa thus acquired the propensity of a man-eater and received on his leg a black spot, for which he was known as Kalmāṣapāda. Once King Kalmāṣapāda saw a brāhmaṇa couple engaged in sexual intercourse in the forest. ।। 9-9-25 ।।