evam sa nirvinna-mana nrpo grhan
nisitha utthaya mahodayodayat
alabdha-nidro ’nupalaksito nrbhir
hitva gato vena-suvam prasuptam
evam—thus; sah—he; nirvinna-manah—being indifferent in mind; nrpah—King Anga; grhat—from home; nisithe—in the dead of night; utthaya—getting up; maha-udaya-udayat—opulent by the blessings of great souls; alabdha-nidrah—being without sleep; anupalaksitah—without being seen; nrbhih—by people in general; hitva—giving up; gatah—went off; vena-suvam—the mother of Vena; prasuptam—sleeping deeply.
Thinking like that, King Anga could not sleep at night. He became completely indifferent to household life. Once, therefore, in the dead of night, he got up from bed and left Vena’s mother [his wife], who was sleeping deeply. He gave up all attraction for his greatly opulent kingdom, and, unseen by anyone, he very silently gave up his home and opulence and proceeded towards the forest.
In this verse the word mahodayodayat indicates that by the blessings of a great soul one becomes materially opulent, but when one gives up attachment to material wealth, that should be considered an even greater blessing from the great souls. It was not a very easy task for the King to give up his opulent kingdom and young, faithful wife, but it was certainly a great blessing of the Supreme Personality of Godhead that he could give up the attachment and go out to the forest without being seen by anyone. There are many instances of great souls’ leaving home in this way in the dead of night, giving up attachment for home, wife and money.
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