tam nirvartyagato guruh
asapat patatad deho
sisya-vyatikramam—the disciple’s deviation from the order of the guru; viksya—observing; tam—the performance of yajna by Indra; nirvartya—after finishing; agatah—when he returned; guruh—Vasistha Muni; asapat—he cursed Nimi Maharaja; patatat—may it fall down; dehah—the material body; nimeh—of Maharaja Nimi; pandita-maninah—who considers himself so learned (as to disobey the order of his spiritual master).
After completing the sacrificial performance for King Indra, the spiritual master Vasistha returned and found that his disciple Maharaja Nimi had disobeyed his instructions. Thus Vasistha cursed him, saying, “May the material body of Nimi, who considers himself learned, immediately fall.”
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