yah prsto munibhih praha
dharman nana-vidhan chubhan
nrnam varnasramanam ca
yah—who; prstah—being questioned; munibhih—by the sages; praha—spoke; dharman—the duties; nana-vidhan—many varieties; subhan—auspicious; nrnam—of human society; varna-asramanam—of the varnas and asramas; ca—and; sarva-bhuta—for all living beings; hitah—who does welfare; sada—always.
In reply to questions asked by certain sages, he [Svayambhuva Manu], out of compassion for all living entities, taught the diverse sacred duties of men in general and the different varnas and asramas.
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