TEXT 40
visṛjya taṁ ca papraccha
vatsa kasmād dhi rodiṣi
kena vā te 'pakṛtam
ity uktaḥ sa nyavedayat
SYNONYMS
visṛjya—throwing aside; tam—that; ca—also; papraccha—asked; vatsa—my dear son; kasmāt—what for; hi—certainly; rodiṣi—crying; kena—by whom; —otherwise; te—they; apakṛtam—misbehaved; iti—thus; uktaḥ—being asked; saḥ—the boy; nyavedayat—informed of everything.
TRANSLATION
He threw the dead snake aside and asked his son why he was crying, whether anyone had done him harm. On hearing this, the son explained to him what had happened.
PURPORT
The father did not take the dead snake on his neck very seriously. He simply threw it away. Actually there was nothing seriously wrong in Mahārāja Parīkṣit's act, but the foolish son took it very seriously, and being influenced by Kali he cursed the King and thus ended a chapter of happy history.

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