TEXT 12
maitreya uvāca
pṛthuḥ prajānāṁ karuṇaṁ
niśamya paridevitam
dīrghaṁ dadhyau kuruśreṣṭha
nimittaṁ so ’nvapadyata
SYNONYMS
maitreyaḥ uvāca—the great saint Maitreya said; pṛthuḥ—King Pṛthu; prajānām—of the citizens; karuṇam—pitiable condition; niśamya—hearing; paridevitam—lamentation; dīrgham—for a long time; dadhyau—contemplated; kuru-śreṣṭha—O Vidura; nimittam—the cause; saḥ—he; anvapadyata—found out.
TRANSLATION
After hearing this lamentation and seeing the pitiable condition of the citizens, King Pṛthu contemplated this matter for a long time to see if he could find out the underlying causes.

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