तस्मै चुक्रोध भगवान् प्रज्वलन् स्वेन तेजसा ॥ ३ ॥
tasmai cukrodha bhagavān
prajvalan svena tejasā
na — not; tasmai — to him (Brahmā); prahvaṇam — bowing down; stotram — recitation of prayers; cakre — made; sattva — his situation in the mode of goodness; parīkṣayā — with the aim of testing; tasmai — at him; cukrodha — became angry; bhagavān — the lord; prajvalan — becoming inflamed; svena — with his own; tejasā — passion.
To test how well Lord Brahmā was situated in the mode of goodness, Bhṛgu failed to bow down to him or glorify him with prayers. The lord became angry at him, inflamed into fury by his own passion.