tasya putro 'titejasvi
viharan balako 'rbhakaih
rajnagham prapitam tatam
srutva tatredam abravit
tasya—his (the sage's); putrah—son; ati—extremely; tejasvi—powerful; viharan—while playing; balakah—with boys; arbhakaih—who were all childish; rajna—by the King; agham—distress; prapitam—made to have; tatam—the father; srutva—by hearing; tatra—then and there; idam—this; abravit—spoke.
The sage had a son who was very powerful, being a brahmana's son. While he was playing with inexperienced boys, he heard of his father's distress, which was occasioned by the King. Then and there the boy spoke as follows.
Due to Maharaja Pariksit's good government, even a boy of tender age, who was playing with other inexperienced boys, could become as powerful as a qualified brahmana. This boy was known as Srngi, and he achieved good training in brahmacarya by his father so that he could be as powerful as a brahmana, even at that age. But because the age of Kali was seeking an opportunity to spoil the cultural heritage of the four orders of life, the inexperienced boy gave a chance for the age of Kali to enter into the field of Vedic culture. Hatred of the lower orders of life began from this brahmana boy, under the influence of Kali, and thus cultural life began to dwindle day after day. The first victim of brahminical injustice was Maharaja Pariksit, and thus the protection given by the King against the onslaught of Kali was slackened.
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