viṣṇave kṣmāṁ pradāsyantam
jānaṁś cikīrṣitaṁ viṣṇoḥ
śiṣyaṁ prāha vidāṁ varaḥ
viṣṇave—unto Lord Viṣṇu (Vāmanadeva); kṣmām—the land; pradāsyantam—who was ready to deliver; uśanāḥ—Śukrācārya; asura-īśvaram—unto the King of the demons (Bali Mahārāja); jānan—knowing well; cikīrṣitam—what was the plan; viṣṇoḥ—of Lord Viṣṇu; śiṣyam—unto his disciple; prāha—said; vidām varaḥ—the best of the knowers of everything.
Understanding Lord Viṣṇu’s purpose, Śukrācārya, the best of the learned, immediately spoke as follows to his disciple, who was about to offer everything to Lord Vāmanadeva.
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