tam ayantam samalokya
cintayam asa kala-jno
visnur mayavinam varah
tam—him (Hiranyakasipu); ayantam—coming forward; samalokya—observing minutely; sula-panim—with a trident in his hand; krtanta-vat—just like death personified; cintayam asa—thought; kala-jnah—who knows the progress of time; visnuh—Lord Visnu; mayavinam—of all kinds of mystics; varah—the chief.
Seeing Hiranyakasipu coming forward bearing a trident in his hand like personified death, Lord Visnu, the best of all mystics and the knower of the progress of time, thought as follows.
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