The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 4 eBook

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it was Arjuna who was thus running with his braid fluttering in the air, burst out into laughter at the sight.  And beholding him thus running, the Kurus began to argue, ’Who is this person, thus disguised like fire concealed in ashes?  He is partly a man and partly a woman.  Although bearing a neuter form, he yet resembleth Arjuna.  His are the same head and neck, and his the same arms like unto a couple of maces.  And this one’s gait also is like unto his.  He can be none else than Dhananjaya.  As Indra is among the celestials, so Dhananjaya is among men.  Who else in this world than Dhananjaya, would alone come against us?  Virata left a single son of his in the empty city.  He hath come out from childishness and not from true heroism.  It is Uttara who must have come out of the city, having, without doubt, made as a charioteer Arjuna, the son of Pritha, now living in disguise.  It seems that he is now flying away in panic at sight of our army.  And without doubt Dhananjaya runneth after him to bring him back.’”

Vaisampayana continued, “Beholding the disguised son of Pandu, the Kauravas, O Bharata, began to indulge in these surmises, but they could not come to any definite conclusion.  Meanwhile, Dhananjaya, hastily pursuing the retreating Uttara, seized him by the hair within a hundred steps.  And seized by Arjuna, the son of Virata began to lament most woefully like one in great affliction, and said, ’Listen, O good Vrihannala, O thou of handsome waist.  Turn thou quickly the course of the car.  He that liveth meeteth with prosperity.  I will give thee a hundred coins of pure gold and eight lapis lazuli of great brightness set with gold, and one chariot furnished with a golden flag-staff and drawn by excellent steeds, and also ten elephants of infuriate prowess.  Do thou, O Vrihannala, set me free.’”

Vaisampayana continued, “Thus addressed, that tiger among men laughingly dragged Uttara who was almost deprived of his senses and who was uttering these words of lamentation towards the car.  And the son of Pritha then addressed the affrighted prince who had nearly lost his senses, saying, ’If, O chastiser of foes, thou dost not venture to fight with enemy, come thou and hold the reins of the steeds as I fight with the foe.  Protected by the might of my arms, penetrate thou yon formidable and invincible array of cars guarded by heroic and mighty warriors.  Fear not, O chastiser of foes, thou art a Kshatriya and the foremost of royal princes.  Why dost thou, O tiger among men, succumb in the midst of the foe?  I shall surely fight with the Kurus and recover the kine, penetrating into this formidable and inaccessible array of cars.  Be thou my charioteer, O best of men, I will fight with the Kurus.’  Thus speaking unto Uttara, the son of Virata, Vibhatsu, heretofore unconquered in battle, for a while comforted him.  And then the son of Pritha, that foremost of smiters, raised on the car that fainting and reluctant prince stricken with fear!”

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