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

Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa
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“Lomasa said, ’Here, O king, is visible the river Samanga, whose former name was Madhuvila, and yonder is the spot named Kardamila, the bathing place of Bharata.  The lord of Sachi, when fallen into misery in consequence of having slain Vritra, became freed from his sin, by performing his ablutions in this Samanga.  Here, O bull among men, is the spot where the Mainaka mountain hath sunk into the interior of the earth; and it is hence called Vinasana.  For obtaining sons, here Aditi in days of yore had cooked that celebrated food, (presided over by the Supreme Being).  O ye bulls among men, ascend this lofty mountain and put an end to your inglorious misery unworthy to be uttered.  Here, O king, before thee is the Kanakhala range, the favourite resort of sages.  And yonder is the mighty river Ganga.  Here, in ancient times, the holy sage Sanatkumara attained ascetic success.  O scion of the Ajamidha race, by performing thy ablutions here in this river, thou wilt be freed from all thy sins.  O son of Kunti, do thou together with thy ministers, touch (the waters) of this lake called Punya, and this mountain Bhrigutunga and also (the water of) these two rivers, called Tushniganga.  Here, O Kunti’s son, appeareth the hermitage of the sage Sthulasiras.  Resign here thy anger and sense of self-importance.  There, O son of Pandu, is seen the beautiful hermitage of Raivya, where perished Bharadwaja’s son, Yavakari, profound in Vedic lore.’

“Yudhishthira said, ’How did the mighty sage, Yavakri, son of the ascetic Bharadwaja, acquire profoundity in the Vedas?  And how also did he perish?  I am anxious to hear all this, just as it happened.  I take delight in listening to the narration of the deeds of god-like men.’

“Lomasa said, ’Bharadwaja and Raivya were two friends.  And they dwelt here, ever taking the greatest pleasure in each other’s company.  Now, Raivya had two sons, named Arvavasu and Paravasu.  And, Bharadwaja, O Bharata’s son, had an only son, named Yavakri.  Raivya and his two sons were versed in the Vedas, while Bharadwaja practised asceticism.  But, O son of Bharata, from their boyhood, the friendship subsisting between those two was unequalled.  O sinless one, the highspirited Yavakri finding that his father, who practised asceticism, was slighted by the Brahmanas, while Raivya with his sons was greatly respected by them, was overwhelmed with sorrow, and became sore aggrieved.  Thereupon, O son of Pandu, he entered upon severe austerities, for (obtaining) a knowledge of the Vedas.  And he exposed his body to a flaming fire.  By thus practising the most rigid austerities, he caused anxiety in the mind of Indra.  Then Indra, O Yudhishthira, went to him and addressed him saying, “Wherefore, O sage, hast thou become engaged in practising such rigid austerities?” Yavakri said, “O thou adored of celestial hosts, I am practising severe penances, because I wish that such a knowledge of the Vedas as hath never been acquired by any Brahmana whatever,

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