A number of years passed. Indra's teacher
Brihaspati thought of finding a way out for Indra's troubles. He went with
the gods to Brahma, who went to Vishnu with all of them and put forth the
appeal of the gods. Then Vishnu said: Don't fear, I will show you a way
out. The sea of milk must be churned. It is a very difficult job. Therefore,
gain the friendship of the demons and get their assistance. Use Mandara
Mountain as a churning rod and Vasuki, the king of the serpents, as a rope.
I will come to your assistance at the proper time. When the
sea is churned ambrosia will be produced.
Let the gods drink it and become immortal. They will then attain superb
strength. It will then be possible for you to defeat the demons. When the
sea is churned, Lakshmi who has disappeared will appear again. Her grace
will be bestowed on you." He consoled the gods and arranged for the churning
of the sea.