jagrāha yad apīśvaraḥ
saṁvatsarānte tad aghaṁ
bhūtānāṁ sa viśuddhaye
caturdhā vyabhajad dhariḥ
brahma-hatyām—the sinful reaction for killing a brāhmaṇa; añjalinā—with folded hands; jagrāha—assumed the responsibility for; yat api—although; īśvaraḥ—very powerful; saṁvatsara-ante—after one year; tat agham—that sinful reaction; bhūtānām—of the material elements; saḥ—he; viśuddhaye—for purification; bhūmi—unto the earth; ambu—water; druma—trees; yoṣidbhyaḥ—and unto women; caturdhā—in four divisions; vyabhajat—divided; hariḥ—King Indra.
Although Indra was so powerful that he could neutralize the sinful reactions for killing a brāhmaṇa, he repentantly accepted the burden of these reactions with folded hands. He suffered for one year, and then to purify himself he distributed the reactions for this sinful killing among the earth, water, trees and women.
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