kṛpayocuḥ sma satriṇaḥ
venasya—of King Vena; āvekṣya—after observing; munayaḥ—all the great sages; durvṛttasya—of the great rogue; viceṣṭitam—activities; vimṛśya—considering; loka-vyasanam—danger to the people in general; kṛpayā—out of compassion; ūcuḥ—talked; sma—in the past; satriṇaḥ—the performers of sacrifices.
Therefore all the great sages assembled together and, after observing cruel Vena’s atrocities, concluded that a great danger and catastrophe was approaching the people of the world. Thus out of compassion they began to talk amongst themselves, for they themselves were the performers of the sacrifices.
Before King Vena was enthroned, all the great sages were very much anxious to see to the welfare of society. When they saw that King Vena was most irresponsible, cruel and atrocious, they again began to think of the welfare of the people. It should be understood that sages, saintly persons and devotees are not unconcerned with the people’s welfare. Ordinary karmīs are busy acquiring money for sense gratification, and ordinary jñānīs are socially aloof when they speculate on liberation, but actual devotees and saintly persons are always anxious to see how the people can be made happy both materially and spiritually. Therefore the great sages began to consult one another on how to get out of the dangerous atmosphere created by King Vena.
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