turyaṁ cheda-viroheṇa
vareṇa jagṛhur drumāḥ
teṣāṁ niryāsa-rūpeṇa
brahma-hatyā pradṛśyate
turyam—one fourth; cheda—although being cut; viroheṇa—of growing again; vareṇa—because of the benediction; jagṛhuḥ—accepted; drumāḥ—the trees; teṣām—of them; niryāsa-rūpeṇa—by the liquid oozing from the trees; brahma-hatyā—the reaction for killing a brāhmaṇa; pradṛśyate—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 brāhmaṇa. These reactions are visible in the flowing of sap from trees. [Therefore one is forbidden to drink this sap.]

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