iti tasya vacah srutva
trayas te vibudharsabhah
pratyahuh slaksnaya vaca
prahasya tam rsim prabho
maitreyah uvaca—the sage Maitreya said; iti—thus; tasya—his; vacah—words; srutva—after hearing; trayah te—all three; vibudha—demigods; rsabhah—chiefs; pratyahuh—replied; slaksnaya—gentle; vaca—voices; prahasya—smiling; tam—unto him; rsim—the great sage; prabho—O mighty one.
The great sage Maitreya continued: Upon hearing Atri Muni speak in that way, the three great deities smiled, and they replied in the following sweet words.
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