sa āvasat puṣkara-nāla-tantūn
alabdha-bhogo yad ihāgni-dūtaḥ
varṣāṇi sāhasram alakṣito ’ntaḥ
sañcintayan brahma-vadhād vimokṣam
saḥ—he (Indra); āvasat—lived; puṣkara-nāla-tantūn—in the network of the fibers of a lotus stem; alabdha-bhogaḥ—not getting any material comfort (practically starving for all material needs); yat—which; iha—here; agni-dūtaḥ—the fire-god messenger; varṣāṇi—celestial years; sāhasram—one thousand; alakṣitaḥ—invisible; antaḥ—within his heart; sañcintayan—always thinking of; brahma-vadhāt—from the killing of a brāhmaṇa; vimokṣam—liberation.
Always thinking of how he could be relieved from the sinful reaction for killing a brāhmaṇa, King Indra, invisible to everyone, lived in the lake for one thousand years in the subtle fibers of the stem of a lotus. The fire-god used to bring him his share of all yajñas, but because the fire-god was afraid to enter the water, Indra was practically starving.
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