ātmā preṣṭha ihepsitaḥ
ka utsaheta taṁ dātuṁ
jijīviṣūṇām—aspiring to remain alive; jīvānām—of all living entities; ātmā—the body; preṣṭhaḥ—very dear; iha—here; īpsitaḥ—desired; kaḥ—who; utsaheta—can bear; tam—that body; dātum—to deliver; bhikṣamāṇāya—begging; viṣṇave—even to Lord Viṣṇu.
In this material world, every living entity is very much addicted to his material body. Struggling to keep his body forever, everyone tries to protect it by all means, even at the sacrifice of all his possessions. Therefore, who would be prepared to deliver his body to anyone, even if it were demanded by Lord Viṣṇu?
It is said, ātmānaṁ sarvato rakṣet tato dharmaṁ tato dhanam: one must protect his body by all means; then he may protect his religious principles and thereafter his possessions. This is the natural desire of all living entities. No one wants to give up his body unless it is forcibly given away. Even though the demigods said that they were demanding Dadhīci’s body for their benefit in accordance with the order of Lord Viṣṇu, Dadhīci superficially refused to give them his body.
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