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

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SECTION CCLXVIII

Vaisampayana said, “The hostile Kshatriyas, incensed at sight of Bhimasena and Arjuna, sent up a loud shout in the forest.  And the wicked king Jayadratha, when he saw the standards of those bulls of the Kuru race, lost his heart, and addressing the resplendent Yagnaseni seated on his car, said, ’Those five great warriors, O Krishna, that are coming, are I believe, thy husbands.  As thou knowest the sons of Pandu well, do thou, O lady of beautiful tresses, describe them one by one to us, pointing out which of them rideth which car!’ Thus addressed, Draupadi replied, ’Having done this violent deed calculated to shorten thy life, what will it avail thee now, O fool, to know the names of those great warriors, for, now that my heroic husbands are come, not one of ye will be left alive in battle.  However as thou art on the point of death and hast asked me, I will tell thee everything, this being consistent with the ordinance.  Beholding king Yudhishthira the just with his younger brothers, I have not the slightest anxiety or fear from thee!  That warrior at the top of whose flagstaff two handsome and sonorous tabours called Nanda and Upananda are constantly played upon,—­he, O Sauvira chief, hath a correct knowledge of the morality of his own acts.  Men that have attained success always walk in his train.  With a complexion like that of pure gold, possessed of a prominent nose and large eyes, and endued with a slender make, that husband of mine is known among people by the name of Yudhishthira, the son of Dharma and the foremost of the Kuru race.  That virtuous prince of men granteth life to even a foe that yields.  Therefore, O fool, throwing down thy arms and joining thy hands, run to him for thy good, to seek his protection.  And that other man whom thou seest with long arms and tall as the full-grown Sala tree, seated on his chariot, biting his lips, and contracting his forehead so as to bring the two eye-brows together, is he,—­my husband Vrikodara!  Steeds of the noblest breed, plump and strong, well-trained and endued with great might, draw the cars of that warrior!  His achievements are superhuman.  He is known, therefore, by the name of Bhima on earth.  They that offend him are never suffered to live.  He never forgetteth a foe.  On some pretext or other he wrecketh his vengeance.  Nor is he pacified even after he has wrecked a signal vengeance.  And there, that foremost of bowmen, endued with intelligence and renown, with senses under complete control and reverence for the old—­that brother and disciple of Yudhishthira—­is my husband Dhananjaya!  Virtue he never forsaketh, from lust or fear or anger!  Nor doth he ever commit a deed that is cruel.  Endued with the energy of fire and capable of withstanding every foe, that grinder of enemies is the son of Kunti.  And that other youth, versed in every question of morality and profit, who ever dispelleth the fears of the affrighted,

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