tam āyāntaṁ samālokya
cintayām āsa kāla-jño
viṣṇur māyāvināṁ varaḥ
tam—him (Hiraṇyakaśipu); āyāntam—coming forward; samālokya—observing minutely; śūla-pāṇim—with a trident in his hand; kṛtānta-vat—just like death personified; cintayām āsa—thought; kāla-jñaḥ—who knows the progress of time; viṣṇuḥ—Lord Viṣṇu; māyāvinām—of all kinds of mystics; varaḥ—the chief.
Seeing Hiraṇyakaśipu coming forward bearing a trident in his hand like personified death, Lord Viṣṇu, the best of all mystics and the knower of the progress of time, thought as follows.
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