sukhopaviá¹£á¹eá¹£v atha teá¹£u bhÅ«yaá¸¥
ká¹ta-praá¹Ämaá¸¥ sva-cikÄ«rá¹£itaá¹ yat
vijÃ±ÄpayÄm Äsa vivikta-cetÄ
upasthito 'gre 'bhigá¹hÄ«ta-pÄá¹iá¸¥
sukha - happily; upaviá¹£á¹eá¹£u - all sitting down; atha - thereupon; teá¹£u - unto them (the visitors); bhÅ«yaá¸¥ - again; ká¹ta-praá¹Ämaá¸¥ - having offered obeisances; sva - his own; cikÄ«rá¹£itam - decision of fasting; yat - who; vijÃ±ÄpayÄm Äsa - submitted; vivikta-cetÄá¸¥ - one whose mind is detached from worldly affairs; upasthitaá¸¥ - being present; agre - before them; abhigá¹hÄ«ta-pÄá¹iá¸¥ - humbly with folded hands.
Although the King had already decided to fast until death on the bank of the Ganges, he humbly expressed his decision to elicit the opinions of the great authorities present there. Any important decision, however firmly fixed, should be confirmed by some authority. That makes the matter perfect. This means that the monarchs who ruled the earth in those days were not irresponsible dictators. They scrupulously followed the authoritative decisions of the saints and sages in terms of Vedic injunction. MahÄrÄja ParÄ«ká¹£it, as a perfect king, followed the principles by consulting the authorities, even up to the last days of his life.