kasmād dadhāra go-rūpaṁ
yāṁ dudoha pṛthus tatra
ko vatso dohanaṁ ca kim
viduraḥ uvāca—Vidura inquired; kasmāt—why; dadhāra—took; go-rūpam—the shape of a cow; dharitrī—the earth; bahu-rūpiṇī—who has many other forms; yām—whom; dudoha—milked; pṛthuḥ—King Pṛthu; tatra—there; kaḥ—who; vatsaḥ—the calf; dohanam—the milking pot; ca—also; kim—what.
Vidura inquired from the great sage Maitreya: My dear brāhmaṇa, since mother earth can appear in different shapes, why did she take the shape of a cow? And when King Pṛthu milked her, who became the calf, and what was the milking pot?
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