TEXT 18
śrī-śuka uvāca
evam abhyarthito ’dityā
kas tām āha smayann iva
aho māyā-balaṁ viṣṇoḥ
sneha-baddham idaṁ jagat
SYNONYMS
śrī-śukaḥ uvāca—Śrī Śukadeva Gosvāmī said; evam—in this way; abhyarthitaḥ—being requested; adityā—by Aditi; kaḥKaśyapa Muni; tām—unto her; āha—said; smayan—smiling; iva—just like; aho—alas; māyā-balam—the influence of the illusory energy; viṣṇoḥ—of Lord Viṣṇu; sneha-baddham—influenced by this affection; idam—this; jagat—whole world.
TRANSLATION
Śukadeva Gosvāmī continued: When Kaśyapa Muni was thus requested by Aditi, he slightly smiled. “Alas,” he said, “how powerful is the illusory energy of Lord Viṣṇu, by which the entire world is bound by affection for children!”
PURPORT
Kaśyapa Muni was surely sympathetic to his wife’s affliction, yet he was surprised at how the whole world is influenced by affection.

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