Canto 6: Prescribed Duties for MankindChapter 18: Diti Vows to Kill King Indra

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 6.18.56

mātṛ-ṣvasur abhiprāyam

indra ājñāya mānada


ditiḿ paryacarat kaviḥ


mātṛ-svasuḥ — of his mother's sister; abhiprāyam — the intention; indraḥIndra; ājñāya — understanding; māna-daO King Parīkṣit, who give respect to everyone; śuśrūṣaṇena — with service; āśrama-sthām — residing in an āśrama; ditimDiti; paryacarat — attended upon; kaviḥ — seeing his own interest.


O King, who are respectful to everyone, Indra understood Diti's purpose, and thus he contrived to fulfill his own interests. Following the logic that self-preservation is the first law of nature, he wanted to break Diti's promise. Thus he engaged himself in the service of Diti, his aunt, who was residing in an āśrama.

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