His health declined rapidly and he became thin and pale. His condition
grew worse every day, until it attracted the attention of Indra himself.
Indra, chief of the gods, approached the divine preceptor and saluting
him asked: "Lord, why are you ill? What has caused this languishing? Do you sleep
Do the attendants serve you properly? Do they anticipate your wishes
and not wait to be told? Do the gods behave courteously towards you or has there been any
lapse in this respect?"
To Indra's anxious inquiry, Brihaspati replied: "Deva raja, I
sleep on a good bed and in right time. The attendants serve me with all devotion.
There is nothing wanting in the respect and courtesies shown by the
gods." Then his voice failed and he could not proceed. So great was his prostration
"Why are you grieved?" asked Indra affectionately. "Why
have you grown thin and bloodless? Tell me what troubles your mind."