sukhopavistesv atha tesu bhuyah
krta-pranamah sva-cikirsitam yat
vijnapayam asa vivikta-ceta
upasthito 'gre 'bhigrhita-panih
sukha—happily; upavistesu—all sitting down; atha—thereupon; tesu—unto them (the visitors); bhuyah—again; krta-pranamah—having offered obeisances; sva—his own; cikirsitam—decision of fasting; yat—who; vijnapayam asa—submitted; vivikta-cetah—one whose mind is detached from worldly affairs; upasthitah—being present; agre—before them; abhigrhita-panih—humbly with folded hands.
After all the sages and other great personages had seated themselves comfortably on the bank of the Ganges, King Pariksit told them of his decision to fast until death: "O sages, the Supreme Personality of Godhead has graciously overtaken me in the form of a brahmana's curse. Due to my being too much attached to family life, the Lord, in order to save me, has appeared before me in such a way that out of fear only I will detach myself from the world.
After all the rsis and others had seated themselves comfortably, the King, humbly standing before them with folded hands, told them of his decision to fast until death.
Although the King had already decided to fast until death on the bank of the Ganges, he humbly expressed his decision to elicit the opinions of the great authorities present there. Any decision, however important, should be confirmed by some authority. That makes the matter perfect. This means that the monarchs who ruled the earth in those days were not irresponsible dictators. They scrupulously followed the authoritative decisions of the saints and sages in terms of Vedic injunction. Maharaja Pariksit, as a perfect king, followed the principles by consulting the authorities, even up to the last days of his life.
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