The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2 eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 521 pages of information about The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2.

SECTION CCII

“Markandeya said, ’Thus addressed by Utanka, that unvanquished royal sage, with joined hands, O thou foremost of the Kuru race, replied unto Utanka, saying, “This visit of thine, O Brahmana, will not be in vain.  This my son, O holy one, known by the name of Kuvalaswa is endued with steadiness and activity.  In prowess also he is unequaled on earth.  Without doubt he will accomplish all this that is agreeable to thee, aided by all his brave sons endued with arms like unto iron maces.  Give me leave to retire, O Brahmana, for I have now given up my weapons.”  Thus addressed by the king, that Muni of immeasurable energy replied unto him, saying, “So be it.”  And the royal sage Vrihadaswa then, having commended his son to obey the behest of the high-souled Utanka saying, “Let it be done by thee,” himself retired into an excellent forest.’

“Yudhishthira said, ’O holy one, O thou possessed of the wealth of asceticism, who was this Daitya of great energy?  Whose son and whose grandson was he?  I desire to know all this; O thou possessed of the wealth of asceticism I never heard of this mighty Daitya before.  I desire to know all this truly, O holy one, and with all particulars in detail, O thou of great wisdom and ascetic wealth!’

“Markandeya said, ’O monarch, know everything as it happened, O ruler of men, as I narrate the particulars truly, O thou of great wisdom!  When the world became one broad expanse of water and creatures mobile and immobile were destroyed, when, O bull of the Bharata race, the entire creation came to its end.  He who is the Source and Creator of the Universe, viz., the Eternal and unfading Vishnu, He who is called by Munis crowned with ascetic success as the Supreme Lord of the Universe, that Being of great holiness, then lay in Yoga sleep on the wide hood of the Snake Sesha of immeasurable energy, and the Creator of the Universe, that highly-blessed and holy Hari, knowing no deterioration, lay on the hood of that Snake encircling the whole Earth and as the Deity lay asleep on that bed, a lotus, endued with great beauty and effulgence equal unto that of the Sun, sprang from his navel.  And from that lotus possessed of effulgence like unto the Sun’s, sprang the Grandsire Brahma, that lord of the worlds who is the four Vedas, who hath four forms and four faces, who is invincible in consequence of his own energy and who is endued with mighty strength and great prowess and as the Lord Hari of wondrous frame, possessed of great lustre and decked with a crown and the Kaustubha gem and attired in purple silk, lay stretched for many a yojana on that excellent bed furnished by the hood of the snake itself extending far and wide, blazing, O king, in his beauty and the lustre of his own body like a thousand Suns concentrated in one mass.  He was beheld some time after by two Danavas of great prowess

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