turyam cheda-virohena
varena jagrhur drumah
tesam niryasa-rupena
brahma-hatya pradrsyate
turyam—one fourth; cheda—although being cut; virohena—of growing again; varena—because of the benediction; jagrhuh—accepted; drumah—the trees; tesam—of them; niryasa-rupena—by the liquid oozing from the trees; brahma-hatya—the reaction for killing a brahmana; pradrsyate—is visible.
In return for Indra’s benediction that their branches and twigs would grow back when trimmed, the trees accepted one fourth of the reactions for killing a brahmana. These reactions are visible in the flowing of sap from trees. [Therefore one is forbidden to drink this sap.]

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