Canto 1: CreationChapter 17: Punishment and Reward of Kali

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 1.17.7

tvaḿ mṛṇāla-dhavalaḥ

pādair nyūnaḥ padā caran

vṛṣa-rūpeṇa kiḿ kaścid

devo naḥ parikhedayan

SYNONYMS

tvam — you; — either; mṛṇāla-dhavalaḥas white as a lotus; pādaiḥ — of three legs; nyūnaḥ — being deprived; padā — on one leg; caran — moving; vṛṣa — bull; rūpeṇain the form of; kim — whether; kaścit — someone; devaḥ — demigod; naḥ — us; parikhedayan — causing grief.

TRANSLATION

Then he [Mahārāja Parīkṣit] asked the bull: Oh, who are you? Are you a bull as white as a white lotus, or are you a demigod? You have lost three of your legs and are moving on only one. Are you some demigod causing us grief in the form of a bull?

PURPORT

At least up to the time of Mahārāja Parīkṣit, no one could imagine the wretched conditions of the cow and the bull. Mahārāja Parīkṣit, therefore, was astonished to see such a horrible scene. He inquired whether the bull was not a demigod assuming such a wretched condition to indicate the future of the cow and the bull.

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