dharmam vah srotu-kamena
yuyam me pratyudahrtah
esa vah priyam atmanam
tyajantam santyajamy aham
sri-rsih uvaca—the great saint Dadhici said; dharmam—the principles of religion; vah—from you; srotu-kamena—by the desire to hear; yuyam—you; me—by me; pratyudahrtah—replied to the contrary; esah—this; vah—for you; priyam—dear; atmanam—body; tyajantam—leaving me anyway, today or tomorrow; santyajami—give up; aham—I.
The great sage Dadhici said: Just to hear from you about religious principles, I refused to offer my body at your request. Now, although my body is extremely dear to me, I must give it up for your better purposes since I know that it will leave me today or tomorrow.
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