santvayan slaksnaya vaca
lingam atmani nabhyagat
Translation by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada:
The King, with aggrieved mind, began to speak to his wife with very pleasing words. Although he was filled with regret and tried to pacify her, he could not see any symptom of anger caused by love within the heart of his beloved wife.
Purport by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada:
The King very much regretted having left his Queen and having gone to the forest to execute sinful activities. When a person regrets his sinful activities, the abandoning of Krsna consciousness and good intelligence, his path of deliverance from the path of material clutches is opened. As stated in Srimad-Bhagavatam (5.5.5), parabhavas tavad abodha-jato yavan na jijñasata atma-tattvam. When a person loses his Krsna consciousness and loses interest in self-realization, he must engage in sinful activities. All one’s activities in a life devoid of Krsna consciousness simply lead to defeat and misuse of one’s life. Naturally one who comes to Krsna consciousness regrets his previous sinful activities in the human form. Only by this process can one be delivered from the clutches of nescience or ignorance in materialistic life.