bandhun kusalinah srutva
prstva sivam anamayam
parasparam atho ramo
babhase ’viklavam vacah
After both parties had heard that their relatives were doing well and both had inquired into each other’s welfare and health, Lord Balarama forthrightly spoke to the Kurus as follows.
Srila Prabhupada writes: “They all exchanged words of reception by asking one another of their welfare, and when such formality was finished, Lord Balarama, in a great voice and very patiently, submitted before them the following words for their consideration.”