1. 21

    मां विपाट्याजरां नावं यत्र विश्वं प्रतिष्ठितम् । आत्मानं च प्रजाश्चेमाः कथमम्भसि धास्यसि ।। ४-१७-२१ ।।

    The cow-shaped earth continued: My dear King, I am just like a strong boat, and all the paraphernalia of the world is standing upon me. If you break me to pieces, how can you protect yourself and your subjects from drowning? ।। 4-17-21 ।।

  2. 22

    पृथुरुवाच वसुधे त्वां वधिष्यामि मच्छासनपराङ्मुखीम् । भागं बर्हिषि या वृङ्क्ते न तनोति च नो वसु ।। ४-१७-२२ ।‌।

    King Pṛthu replied to the earthly planet: My dear earth, you have disobeyed my orders and rulings. In the form of a demigod you accepted your share of the yajñas we performed, but in return you have not produced sufficient food grains. For this reason I must kill you. ।। 4-17-22

  3. 23

    यवसं जग्ध्यनुदिनं नैव दोग्ध्यौधसं पयः । तस्यामेवं हि दुष्टायां दण्डो नात्र न शस्यते ।। ४-१७-२३ ।।

    Although you are eating green grass every day, you are not filling your milk bag so we can utilize your milk. Since you are willfully committing offenses, it cannot be said that you are not punishable due to your assuming the form of a cow. ।। 4-17-23 ।।

  4. 24

    त्वं खल्वोषधिबीजानि प्राक्सृष्टानि स्वयम्भुवा । न मुञ्चस्यात्मरुद्धानि मामवज्ञाय मन्दधीः ।। ४-१७-२४ ‌।।

    You have so lost your intelligence that, despite my orders, you do not deliver the seeds of herbs and grains formerly created by Brahmā and now hidden within yourself. ।। 4-17-24 ।।

  5. 25

    अमूषां क्षुत्परीतानामार्तानां परिदेवितम् । शमयिष्यामि मद्बाणैर्भिन्नायास्तव मेदसा ।। ४-१७-२५ ।।

    Now, with the help of my arrows, I shall cut you to pieces and with your flesh satisfy the hunger-stricken citizens, who are now crying for want of grains. Thus I shall satisfy the crying citizens of my kingdom. ।। 4-17-25 ।।