TEXT 10
etavaty atmajair vira
karya hy apacitir gurau
saktyapramattair grhyeta
sadaram gata-matsaraih
SYNONYMS
etavati—just exactly like this; atmajaih—by the offspring; vira—O hero; karya—should be performed; hi—certainly; apacitih—worship; gurau—unto the superior; saktya—with full capacity; apramattaih—by the sane; grhyeta—should be accepted; sa-adaram—with great delight; gata-matsaraih—by those who are beyond the limit of envy.
TRANSLATION
O hero, your example is quite befitting a son in relationship with his father. This sort of adoration for the superior is required. One who is beyond the limit of envy and who is sane accepts the order of his father with great delight and executes it to his full capacity.
PURPORT
When the four previous sons of Brahma, the sages Sanaka, Sanatana, Sanandana and Sanat-kumara, refused to obey their father, Brahma was mortified, and his anger was manifested in the shape of Rudra. That incident was not forgotten by Brahma, and therefore the obedience of Manu Svayambhuva was very encouraging. From the material point of view, the four sagesí disobedience to the order of their father was certainly abominable, but because such disobedience was for a higher purpose, they were free from the reaction of disobedience. Those who disobey their fathers on material grounds, however, are surely subjected to disciplinary reaction for such disobedience. Manuís obedience to his father on material grounds was certainly free from envy, and in the material world it is imperative for ordinary men to follow the example of Manu.

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