tavat sandhir vidhiyatam
yavad vo bhava atmanah
yata—just execute; danava—with the demons; daiteyaih—and the asuras; tavat—so long; sandhih—a truce; vidhiyatam—execute; kalena—by a favorable time (or kavyena—by Sukracarya); anugrhitaih—receiving benedictions; taih—with them; yavat—as long as; vah—of you; bhavah—good fortune; atmanah—of yourselves.
As long as you are not flourishing, you should make a truce with the demons and asuras, who are now being favored by time.
One word in this verse has two readings—kalena and kavyena. Kalena means “favored by time,” and kavyena means “favored by Sukracarya,” Sukracarya being the spiritual master of the Daityas. The demons and Daityas were favored in both ways, and therefore the demigods were advised by the Supreme Lord to execute a truce for the time being, until time favored them.
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