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Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa
This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 454 pages of information about Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 1.

“’Sagara said, “O my boy! sore am I at heart for having abandoned thy father, on account of the death of my sons, and also on being unsuccessful in getting back the horse.  Therefore, O grandson! harassed with grief and confounded with the obstruction to my religious rites as I am, thou must bring back the horse and deliver me from hell.”  Thus addressed by the magnanimous Sagara, Ansuman went with sorrow to that spot where the earth had been excavated.  And by that very passage he entered into the sea, and beheld that illustrious Kapila and that same horse.  And having beheld that ancient saint, most righteous of his order, looking like a mass of light, he bowed with his head to the ground, and informed him of the reason of his visit.  Then, O great king, Kapila was pleased with Ansuman, and that saint of a virtuous soul told him to ask for a favour from him.  And he in the first place prayed for the horse, for the purpose of using it in the sacrifice; in the second place he prayed for the purification of his fathers.  Then the mighty chief of saints, Kapila spake to him, saying, “I shall grant thee everything that thou desirest, O stainless (prince).  May good luck be thine!  In thee are fixed (the virtues of) forbearance, and truth, and righteousness.  By thee hath Sagara had all his desires fulfilled.  Thou are (really) a son to thy father.  And by thy ability the sons of Sagara will go to heaven (i.e., will be delivered from the consequences of their unhallowed death).  And the son of thy son, with a view to purifying the sons of Sagara, will obtain the favour of the great god Siva, (by means of practising great austerities), and will (thus) bring (to this world) the river that floweth in three (separate) streams, Ganga, O chief of men!  May good luck be thine!  Take thou with thee the sacrificial horse.  Finish, my lad! the sacrificial rites of the magnanimous Sagara.”  Thus addressed by the illustrious Kapila, Ansuman took the horse with him, and came back to the sacrificial yard of the mighty-minded Sagara.  Then he fell prostrate at the feet of the high-souled Sagara, who smelt him on the head and narrated all the events to him, all that had been seen and heard by him, and likewise the destruction of Sagara’s sons.  He also announced that the horse had been brought back to the sacrificial yard.  And when king Sagara heard of this, he no more grieved on account of his sons.  And he praised and honoured Ansuman, and finished those same sacrificial rites.  His sacrifice finished, Sagara was greeted honourably by all the gods; and he converted the sea, Varuna’s dwelling place, into a son of himself.  And the lotus-eyed (King Sagara) having ruled his kingdom for a period of exceeding length, placed his grandson on the throne, (full of) responsibilities and then ascended to heaven.  And Ansuman likewise, O great king! virtuous in soul, ruled over the world as far as the edge of the sea, following the foot-prints of his father’s father.  His son was named Dilipa, versed in virtue.  Upon

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