aprajasya manoḥ pūrvaṁ
vasiṣṭho bhagavān kila
prajārtham akarod vibhuḥ
aprajasya—of he who had no son; manoḥ—of Manu; pūrvam—formerly; vasiṣṭhaḥ—the great saint Vasiṣṭha; bhagavān—powerful; kila—indeed; mitrā-varuṇayoḥ—of the demigods named Mitra and Varuṇa; iṣṭim—a sacrifice; prajā-artham—for the sake of getting sons; akarot—executed; vibhuḥ—the great person.
Manu at first had no sons. Therefore, in order to get a son for him, the great saint Vasiṣṭha, who was very powerful in spiritual knowledge, performed a sacrifice to satisfy the demigods Mitra and Varuṇa.
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