TEXTS 26–27
amantrya tam muni-varam
anujnatah sahanugah
pratasthe ratham aruhya
sabharyah sva-puram nrpah
ubhayor rsi-kulyayah
sarasvatyah surodhasoh
rsinam upasantanam
pasyann asrama-sampadah
amantrya—taking permission to go; tam—from him (Kardama); muni-varam—from the best of sages; anujnatah—being permitted to leave; saha-anugah—along with his retinue; pratasthe—started for; ratham aruhya—mounting his chariot; sa-bharyah—along with his wife; sva-puram—his own capital; nrpah—the Emperor; ubhayoh—on both; rsi-kulyayah—agreeable to the sages; sarasvatyah—of the River Sarasvati; su-rodhasoh—the charming banks; rsinam—of the great sages; upasantanam—tranquil; pasyan—seeing; asrama-sampadah—the prosperity of the beautiful hermitages.
After asking and obtaining the great sage’s permission to leave, the monarch mounted his chariot with his wife and started for his capital, followed by his retinue. Along the way he saw the prosperity of the tranquil seers’ beautiful hermitages on both the charming banks of the Sarasvati, the river so agreeable to saintly persons.
As cities are constructed in the modern age with great engineering and architectural craftsmanship, so in days gone by there were neighborhoods called rsi-kulas, where great saintly persons resided. In India there are still many magnificent places for spiritual understanding; there are many rsis and saintly persons living in nice cottages on the banks of the Ganges and Yamuna for purposes of spiritual cultivation. While passing through the rsi-kulas the King and his party were very much satisfied with the beauty of the cottages and hermitages. It is stated here, pasyann asrama-sampadah. The great sages had no skyscrapers, but the hermitages were so beautiful that the King was very much pleased at the sight.

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