tathabhiyacito devair
rsir atharvano mahan
modamana uvacedam
prahasann iva bharata
tatha—in that manner; abhiyacitah—being begged; devaih—by the demigods; rsih—the great saintly person; atharvanah—Dadhici, the son of Atharva; mahan—the great personality; modamanah—being merry; uvaca—said; idam—this; prahasan—smiling; iva—somewhat; bharata—O Maharaja Pariksit.
O King Pariksit, following the Lordís instructions, the demigods approached Dadhici, the son of Atharva. He was very liberal, and when they begged him to give them his body, he at once partially agreed. However, just to hear religious instructions from them, he smiled and jokingly spoke as follows.

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