yathasit pathi sangamah
yad utaha harah pritas
tan no brahman vadarthavat
vidurah uvaca—Vidura inquired; pracetasam—of all the Pracetas; giritrena—by Lord Siva; yatha—just as; asit—it was; pathi—on the road; sangamah—meeting; yat—which; uta aha—said; harah—Lord Siva; pritah—being pleased; tat—that; nah—unto us; brahman—O great brahmana; vada—speak; artha-vat—with clear meaning.
Vidura asked Maitreya: My dear brahmana, why did the Pracetas meet Lord Siva on the way? Please tell me how the meeting happened, how Lord Siva became very pleased with them and how he instructed them. Certainly such talks are important, and I wish that you please be merciful upon me and describe them.
Whenever there are some important talks between a devotee and the Lord or between exalted devotees, one should be very much curious to hear them. At the meeting of Naimisaranya, where Suta Gosvami spoke Srimad-Bhagavatam to all the great sages, Suta Gosvami was also asked about the talks between Maharaja Pariksit and Sukadeva Gosvami, for the sages believed that the talks between Sukadeva Gosvami and Maharaja Pariksit must have been as important as the talks between Lord Krsna and Arjuna. As everyone is still eager to learn the subject of Bhagavad-gita in order to become perfectly enlightened, Vidura was similarly eager to learn from the great sage Maitreya about the talks between Lord Siva and the Pracetas.
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