- apṛcchat tanayaṁ pūruṁ
- vayasonaṁ guṇādhikam
- na tvam agrajavad vatsa
- māṁ pratyākhyātum arhasi
apṛcchat—requested; tanayam—the son; pūrum—Pūru; vayasā—by age; ūnam—although younger; guṇa-adhikam—better than the others by quality; na—not; tvam—you; agraja-vat—like your older brothers; vatsa—my dear son; mām—me; pratyākhyātum—to refuse; arhasi—ought.
King Yayāti then requested Pūru, who was younger than these three brothers but more qualified, "My dear son, do not be disobedient like your elder brothers, for that is not your duty."