tad ugra-vegam disi disy upary adho
visarpad utsarpad asahyam aprati
bhitah praja dudruvur anga sesvara
araksyamanah saranam sadasivam
tatthat; ugra-vegamvery fierce and potent poison; disi disiin all directions; upariupward; adhahdownward; visarpatcurling; utsarpatgoing upward; asahyamunbearable; apratiuncontrollable; bhitahbeing very much afraid; prajahthe residents of all the worlds; dudruvuhmoved here and there; angaO Maharaja Pariksit; sa-isvarahwith the Supreme Lord; araksyamanahnot being protected; saranamshelter; sadasivamunto the lotus feet of Lord Siva.
O King, when that uncontrollable poison was forcefully spreading up and down in all directions, all the demigods, along with the Lord Himself, approached Lord Siva [Sadasiva]. Feeling unsheltered and very much afraid, they sought shelter of him.
One may question that since the Supreme Personality of Godhead was personally present, why did He accompany all the demigods and people in general to take shelter of Lord Sadasiva, instead of intervening Himself. In this connection Srila Madhvacarya warns:
rudrasya yasaso rthaya
svayam visnur visam vibhuh
na sanjahre samartho pi
vayum coce prasantaye
Lord Visnu was competent to rectify the situation, but in order to give credit to Lord Siva, who later drank all the poison and kept it in his neck, Lord Visnu did not take action.

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