TEXT 12
maitreya uvaca
prthuh prajanam karunam
nisamya paridevitam
dirgham dadhyau kurusrestha
nimittam so ’nvapadyata
SYNONYMS
maitreyah uvaca—the great saint Maitreya said; prthuh—King Prthu; prajanam—of the citizens; karunam—pitiable condition; nisamya—hearing; paridevitam—lamentation; dirgham—for a long time; dadhyau—contemplated; kuru-srestha—O Vidura; nimittam—the cause; sah—he; anvapadyata—found out.
TRANSLATION
After hearing this lamentation and seeing the pitiable condition of the citizens, King Prthu contemplated this matter for a long time to see if he could find out the underlying causes.

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