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

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O lady, the forest-paths are hard to pass!  Besides thou hast been reduced by fast on account of thy vow.  How wouldst thou, therefore, be able to walk on foot?” Thus addressed, Savitri said, “I do not feel langour because of the fast, nor do I feel exhaustion.  And I have made up my mind to go.  It behoveth thee not, therefore, to prevent me!” At this, Satyavan said, “If thou desirest to go, I will gratify that desire of thine.  Do thou, however, take the permission of my parents, so that I may be guilty of no fault!"’

“Markandeya continued, ’Thus addressed by her lord, Savitri of high vows saluted her father-in-law and mother-in-law and addressed them, saying, “This my husband goeth to the forest for procuring fruits.  Permitted by my revered lady-mother and father-in-law, I will accompany him.  For to-day I cannot bear to be separated from him.  Thy son goeth out for the sake of the sacrificial fire and for his reverend superiors.  He ought not, therefore, to be dissuaded.  Indeed, he could be dissuaded if he went into the forest on any other errand.  Do ye not prevent me!  I will go into the forest with him.  It is a little less than a year that I have not gone out of the asylum.  Indeed, I am extremely desirous of beholding the blossoming woods!” Hearing these words Dyumatsena said, “Since Savitri hath been bestowed by her father as my daughter-in-law, I do not remember that she hath ever spoken any words couching a request.  Let my daughter-in-law, therefore, have her will in this matter.  Do thou, however, O daughter, act in such a way that Satyavan’s work may not be neglected!"’

“Markandeya continued, ’Having received the permission of both, the illustrious Savitri, departed with her lord, in seeming smiles although her heart was racked with grief.  And that lady of large eyes went on, beholding picturesque and delightful woods inhabited by swarms of peacocks.  And Satyavan sweetly said unto Savitri, “Behold these rivers of sacred currents and these excellent trees decked with flowers!” But the faultless Savitri continued to watch her lord in all his moods, and recollecting the words of the celestial sage, she considered her husband as already dead.  And with heart cleft in twain, that damsel, replying to her lord, softly followed him expecting that hour.’”

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“Markandeya said, ’The powerful Satyavan then, accompanied by his wife, plucked fruits and filled his wallet with them.  And he then began to fell branches of trees.  And as he was hewing them, he began to perspire.  And in consequence of that exercise his head began to ache.  And afflicted with toil, he approached his beloved wife, and addressed her, saying, “O Savitri, owing to this hard exercise my head acheth, and all my limbs and my heart also are afflicted sorely!  O thou of restrained speech, I think myself unwell, I feel as if my head is being pierced with numerous darts. 

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