dharmaṁ vaḥ śrotu-kāmena
yūyaṁ me pratyudāhṛtāḥ
eṣa vaḥ priyam ātmānaṁ
tyajantaṁ santyajāmy aham
śrī-ṛṣiḥ uvāca—the great saint Dadhīci said; dharmam—the principles of religion; vaḥ—from you; śrotu-kāmena—by the desire to hear; yūyam—you; me—by me; pratyudāhṛtāḥ—replied to the contrary; eṣaḥ—this; vaḥ—for you; priyam—dear; ātmānam—body; tyajantam—leaving me anyway, today or tomorrow; santyajāmi—give up; aham—I.
The great sage Dadhīci 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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