Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.17.7. tvaṁ vā mṛṇāla-dhavalaḥ

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त्वं वा मृणालधवल: पादैर्न्यून: पदा चरन् ।
वृषरूपेण किं कश्चिद् देवो न: परिखेदयन् ॥ ७ ॥
tvaṁ vā mṛṇāla-dhavalaḥ
pādair nyūnaḥ padā caran
vṛṣa-rūpeṇa kiṁ kaścid
devo naḥ parikhedayan


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


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?


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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