TEXT 19
aho mitrani gadata
sattva-kutam purah sthitam
asmat-sangrasana-vyatta-
vyala-tundayate na va
SYNONYMS
aho—oh; mitrani—friends; gadata—just let us know; sattva-kutam—dead python; purah sthitam—as it is just before us all; asmat—all of us; sangrasana—to devour us altogether; vyatta-vyala-tunda-yate—the python has spread its mouth; na va—whether it is a fact or not.
TRANSLATION
The boys said: Dear friends, is this creature dead, or is it actually a living python with its mouth spread wide just to swallow us all? Kindly clear up this doubt.
PURPORT
The friends began to discuss among themselves the reality of the wonderful creature laying before them. Was it dead, or was it actually a living python trying to swallow them up?

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