praÅÄntam ÄsÄ«nam akuá¹á¹ha-medhasaá¹
muniá¹ ná¹po bhÄgavato 'bhyupetya
praá¹amya mÅ«rdhnÄvahitaá¸¥ ká¹tÄÃ±jalir
natvÄ girÄ sÅ«ná¹tayÄnvapá¹cchat
praÅÄntam - perfectly pacified; ÄsÄ«nam - sitting; akuá¹á¹ha - without hesitation; medhasam - one who has sufficient intelligence; munim - unto the great sage; ná¹paá¸¥ - the King (MahÄrÄja ParÄ«ká¹£it); bhÄgavataá¸¥ - the great devotee; abhyupetya - approaching him; praá¹amya - bowing down; mÅ«rdhnÄ - his head; avahitaá¸¥ - properly; ká¹ta-aÃ±jaliá¸¥ - with folded hands; natvÄ - politely; girÄ - by words; sÅ«ná¹tayÄ - in sweet voices; anvapá¹cchat - inquired.
The gesture now adopted by MahÄrÄja ParÄ«ká¹£it of questioning a master is quite befitting in terms of scriptural injunctions. The scriptural injunction is that one should humbly approach a spiritual master to understand the transcendental science. MahÄrÄja ParÄ«ká¹£it was now prepared for meeting his death, and within the very short time of seven days he was to know the process of entering the kingdom of God. In such important cases, one is required to approach a spiritual master. There is no necessity of approaching a spiritual master unless one is in need of solving the problems of life. One who does not know how to put questions before the spiritual master has no business seeing him. And the qualification of the spiritual master is perfectly manifested in the person of Åukadeva GosvÄmÄ«. Both the spiritual master and the disciple, namely ÅrÄ« Åukadeva GosvÄmÄ« and MahÄrÄja ParÄ«ká¹£it, attained perfection through the medium of ÅrÄ«mad-BhÄgavatam. Åukadeva GosvÄmÄ« learned ÅrÄ«mad-BhÄgavatam from his father, VyÄsadeva, but he had no chance to recite it. Before MahÄrÄja ParÄ«ká¹£it he recited ÅrÄ«mad-BhÄgavatam and answered the questions of MahÄrÄja ParÄ«ká¹£it unhesitatingly, and thus both the master and the disciple got salvation.