- apy anāthaṁ vane brahman
- mā smādanty arbhakaṁ vṛkāḥ
- śrāntaṁ śayānaṁ kṣudhitaṁ
api—certainly; anātham—without being protected by anyone; vane—in the forest; brahman—my dear brāhmaṇa; mā—whether or not; sma—did not; adanti—devour; arbhakam—the helpless boy; vṛkāḥ—wolves; śrāntam—being fatigued; śayānam—lying down; kṣudhitam—being hungry; parimlāna—emaciated; mukha-ambujam—his face, which is just like a lotus flower.
My dear brāhmaṇa, the face of my son was just like a lotus flower. I am thinking of his precarious condition. He is unprotected, and he might he very hungry. He might have lain down somewhere in the forest, and the wolves might have attacked him to eat his body.