tan me dharma-bhrtam srestha
sthanam nirdestum arhasi
yatraiva niyato vatsya
atisthams te 'nusasanam
tat—therefore; me—me; dharma-bhrtam—of all the protectors of religion; srestha—O chief; sthanam—place; nirdestum—fix; arhasi—may you do so; yatra—where; eva—certainly; niyatah—always; vatsye—can reside; atisthan—permanently situated; te—your; anusasanam—under your rule.
Therefore, O chief amongst the protectors of religion, please fix some place for me where I can live permanently under the protection of your government.
The personality of Kali addressed Maharaja Pariksit as the chief amongst the protectors of religiosity because the King refrained from killing a person who surrendered unto him. A surrendered soul should be given all protection, even though he may be an enemy. That is the principle of religion. And we can just imagine what sort of protection is given by the Personality of Godhead to the person who surrenders unto Him, not as an enemy but as a devoted servitor. The Lord protects the surrendered soul from all sins and all resultant reactions of sinful acts (Bg. 18.66).
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