स होवाच पितरं तत कस्मै मां दास्यसीति । द्वितीयं तृतीयं तँ होवाच मृत्यवे त्वा ददामीति ॥ ४॥

sa hovaca pitaram tata kasmai mam dasyasiti . dvitiyam trtiyam tamm hovaca mrtyave tva dadamiti

Shlok Meaning

English Translation

He said to his father: Father! To whom will you give me? He said this a second and a third time. Then his father replied: Unto death I will give you. 

Commentary

Thinking that, as being the duty of a good son, he should ward off the undesirable consequences, which might befall his father on account of the imperfection in the sacrifice, by even giving himself away and thus perfect the sacrifice, he approached his father and said to him, ‘father, to whom, i.e., to which of the Ritviks will you give me as Dakshinâ, i.e., reward? though unheeded by his father thus addressed, he repeated the question a second time and a third time ‘to whom will you give me,’ ‘to whom will you give me?’ The father incensed at the thought that that was not like a boy said to the son ‘to Death do I give thee.’

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