Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 1 eBook

Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa
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a second Sun.  And the blessed ruler of the Nishadhas, having established Pushkara and made him wealthy and freed him from troubles, entered his richly decorated palace.  And the ruler of the Nishadhas, having entered his palace, comforted the citizens.  And all the citizens and the subjects from the country horripilated in joy.  And the people headed by the officers of state said with joined hands, “O king, we are truly glad to-day throughout the city and the country.  We have obtained to-day our ruler, like the gods their chief of a hundred sacrifice!"’”


“Vrihadaswa said, ’After the festivities had commenced in the city that was full of joy and without anxiety of any kind, the king with a large force brought Damayanti (from her father’s home).  And her father, too, that slayer of hostile heroes, Bhima of terrible prowess and immeasurable soul, sent his daughter, having honoured her duly.  And upon the arrival of the princess of Vidarbha accompanied by her son and daughter, king Nala began to pass his days in joy like the chief of the celestials in the gardens of Nandana.  And the king of undying fame, having regained his kingdom and becoming illustrious among monarchs of the island of Jamvu, began once more to rule it.  And he duly performed numerous sacrifices with abundant gifts to Brahmanas.  O great king, thou also wilt with thy kindred and relatives, so blaze forth in effulgence soon.  For, O foremost of men, it was thus that subjugator of hostile cities, king Nala, had fallen into distress along with his wife, in consequence, O bull of Bharata race, of dice.  And, O lord of the earth, Nala suffered such dire woe all alone and recovered his prosperity, whereas thou, O son of Pandu, with heart fixed on virtue, art sporting in joy in this great forest, accompanied by thy brothers and Krishna.  When thou art also, O monarch, mixing daily with blessed Brahmanas versed in the Vedas and their branches, thou hast little cause for sorrow.  This history, besides, of the Naga Karkotaka, of Damayanti, of Nala and of that royal sage Rituparna, is destructive of evil.  And, O thou of unfading glory, this history, destructive of the influence of Kali, is capable, O king, of comforting persons like thee when they listen to it.  And reflecting upon the uncertainty (of success) of human exertion, it behoveth thee not to joy or grieve at prosperity or adversity.  Having listened to this history, be comforted, O king, and yield not to grief.  It behoveth thee not, O great king, to pine under calamity.  Indeed, men of self-possession, reflecting upon the caprice of destiny and the fruitlessness of exertion, never suffer themselves to be depressed.  They that will repeatedly recite this noble history of Nala, and that will hear it recited, will never be touched by adversity.  He that listeneth to this old and excellent history hath all his purposes crowned with success and, without doubt, obtaineth fame, besides sons and grandsons and animals, a high position among men, and health, and joy.  And, O king, the fear also that thou entertainest, viz., (Some one skilled in dice will summon me), I will for once dispel.  O thou of invincible prowess, I know the science of dice in its entirety.  I am gratified with thee; take this lore, O son of Kunti, I will tell unto thee.’”

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