Then spoke the deathless Brahma, "Mother Earth is overburdened with
the sins of mortals. She prays for relief. Irreligion and lawlessness pervade the earth.
Unless law and religion are established among mortals, Mother Earth will remain ever
devoid of peace."
"So be it," replied the benignant God. "On your way you
will find a rich but sinful man Padmavarna. Teach him Dharma-he will spread law on
earth." So saying, the great God disappeared.
Mother Earth went to her abode. Brahmana Narada floated in the aerial
sky. They neared a palace from which were heard screams of agony. Terror reigned in the
region. It was the house of Padmavarna.
Brahma and Narada assumed the form of rich merchants and approached him
for hospitality. Padmavarna, was happy to welcome them but he had wicked plans behind his
good looks. He intended to kill them and take their wealth.
The noble guests were first offered water to wash their weary feet,
then they were conducted to the richly decorated hall. They rested and talked of
merchandise. Padmavarna cleverly found out the amount of wealth these guests carried. It
was verily a kings treasure!
Night came; the dinner hall was richly decorated; fruits and drinks of
various kinds were placed there. Delicious and rich food satisfied the weary strangers.
They were then conducted to their respective rooms for rest.