र्निहन्यमाना महुरम्बुसम्प्लवे ।
दिशोऽविदन्तोऽथ परस्परं वने
गृहीतहस्ता: परिबभ्रिमातुरा: ॥ ३८ ॥
nihanyamānā mahur ambu-samplave
diśo ’vidanto ’tha parasparaṁ vane
vayam — we; bhṛśam — thoroughly; tatra — there; mahā — great; anila — by the wind; ambubhiḥ — and water; nihanyamānāḥ — beset; muhuḥ — continuously; ambu-samplave — in the flooding; diśaḥ — the directions; avidantaḥ — unable to discern; atha — then; parasparam — each other’s; vane — in the forest; gṛhīta — holding; hastāḥ — hands; paribabhrima — we wandered; āturāḥ — distressed.
Constantly besieged by the powerful wind and rain, we lost our way amidst the flooding waters. We simply held each other’s hands and, in great distress, wandered aimlessly about the forest.
Śrīla Śrīdhara Svāmī points out that the verb paribabhrima may be understood to be the prefix pari with either the verb bhṛ or bhram. In the case of bhram, it indicates that Kṛṣṇa and Sudāmā wandered all about, and in the case of bhṛ, which means “to carry,” it indicates that as the two young boys wandered about, they continued to carry the firewood they had secured for their spiritual master.