निर्विषेणापि सर्पेण

निर्विषेणापि सर्पेण कर्तव्या महती फणा।
विषं भवतु वा माऽभूत् फणटोपो भयङ्करः॥२२५॥
—मित्रभेदः नाम प्रथमे तन्त्रे
nirviṣeṇāpi sarpeṇa kartavyā mahatī phaṇā|
viṣaṁ bhavatu vā mā’bhūt phaṇaṭopo bhayaṅkaraḥ||225||
—mitrabhedaḥ nāma prathame tantre
Even by a non-poisonous snake, it is important to hiss and expand its hood.
Whether or not it has poison, the [sight of the] hood is itself scary.

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