दारुण्युभयतो दीप्ते इव तस्करपालयो: ॥ ८ ॥
lokasya vyasanaṁ mahat
dāruṇy ubhayato dīpte
When the great sages consulted one another, they saw that the people were in a dangerous position from both directions. When a fire blazes on both ends of a log, the ants in the middle are in a very dangerous situation. Similarly, at that time the people in general were in a dangerous position due to an irresponsible king on one side and thieves and rogues on the other.