kas tvam nigudhas carasi dvijanam
bibharsi sutram katamo ’vadhutah
kasyasi kutratya ihapi kasmat
ksemaya nas ced asi nota suklah
kah tvam—who are you; nigudhah—very much covered; carasi—you move within this world; dvijanam—among the brahmanas or saintly persons; bibharsi—you also wear; sutram—the sacred thread belonging to the first-class brahmanas; katamah—which; avadhutah—highly elevated person; kasya asi—whose are you (whose disciple or son are you); kutratyah—from where; iha api—here in this place; kasmat—for what purpose; ksemaya—for the benefit; nah—of us; cet—if; asi—you are; na uta—or not; suklah—the personality of the pure mode of goodness (Kapiladeva).
King Rahugana said: O brahmana, you appear to be moving in this world very much covered and unknown to others. Who are you? Are you a learned brahmana and saintly person? I see that you are wearing a sacred thread. Are you one of those exalted, liberated saints such as Dattatreya and other highly advanced, learned scholars? May I ask whose disciple you are? Where do you live? Why have you come to this place? Is your mission in coming here to do good for us? Please let me know who you are.
Maharaja Rahugana was very anxious to receive further enlightenment in Vedic knowledge because he could understand that Jada Bharata belonged to a brahmana family either by disciplic succession or by birth in a brahmana dynasty. As stated in the Vedas: tad vijnanartham sa gurum evabhigacchet [MU
“To understand these things properly, one must humbly approach, with firewood in hand, a spiritual master who is learned in the Vedas and firmly devoted to the Absolute Truth.”
[Mundaka Upanisad 1.2.12]
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