yaḥ pṛṣṭo munibhiḥ prāha
dharmān nānā-vidhāñ chubhān
nṛṇāṁ varṇāśramāṇāṁ ca
yaḥ—who; pṛṣṭaḥ—being questioned; munibhiḥ—by the sages; prāha—spoke; dharmān—the duties; nānā-vidhān—many varieties; śubhān—auspicious; nṛṇām—of human society; varṇa-āśramāṇām—of the varṇas and āśramas; ca—and; sarva-bhūta—for all living beings; hitaḥ—who does welfare; sadā—always.
In reply to questions asked by certain sages, he [Svāyambhuva Manu], out of compassion for all living entities, taught the diverse sacred duties of men in general and the different varṇas and āśramas.
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