prasthite tu vanam pitra
dattva gam dharma-samsrayah
prasthite—after departure; tu—but; vanam—to the forest; pitra—by your father; dattva—awarding; gam—the whole world; dharma-samsrayah—under the protection of piety; sat-trimsat—thirty-six; varsa—years; sahasram—one thousand; raksita—you will rule; avyahata—without decay; indriyah—the power of the senses.
After your father goes to the forest and awards you the rule of his kingdom, you will rule continuously the entire world for thirty-six thousand years, and all your senses will continue to be as strong as they are now. You will never become old.
In the Satya-yuga people generally lived for one hundred thousand years. Dhruva Maharaja’s ruling the world for thirty-six thousand years was quite possible in those days.
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