yado-gananam rsabham pracetasam
smayan pralabdhum pranipatya nicavaj
jagada me dehy adhiraja samyugam
tatra—there; upalabhya—having reached; asura-loka—of the regions where the demons reside; palakam—the guardian; yadah-gananam—of the aquatic creatures; rsabham—the lord; pracetasam—Varuna; smayan—smiling; pralabdhum—to make fun; pranipatya—having bowed down; nica-vat—like a lowborn man; jagada—he said; me—to me; dehi—give; adhiraja—O great lord; samyugam—battle.
Vibhavari is the home of Varuna, lord of the aquatic creatures and guardian of the lower regions of the universe, where the demons generally reside. There Hiranyaksa fell at Varuna’s feet like a lowborn man, and to make fun of him he said with a smile, “Give me battle, O Supreme Lord!”
The demoniac person always challenges others and tries to occupy others’ property by force. Here these symptoms are fully displayed by Hiranyaksa, who begged war from a person who had no desire to fight.
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