by her, O king, the Maker of day speedily presented
himself. And he was of a yellowish hue like honey,
and was possessed of mighty arms, and his neck was
marked with lines like those of a conchshell.
And furnished with armlets, and decked with a diadem,
he came smiling, and illumining all the directions.
And it was by Yoga
power that he divided himself
in twain, one of which continued to give heat, and
the other appeared before Kunti. And he addressed
Kunti in words that were exceedingly sweet, saying,
’O gentle maiden, over-powered by the mantras
I come hither obedient to thee. Subject as I
am to thy power, what shall I do, O queen? Tell
me, for I shall do whatever thou mayst command.’
Hearing these words of the deity, Kunti said, ’O
worshipful one, go thou back to the place thou hast
come from! I invoked thee from curiosity alone.
Pardon me, O worshipful one!’ Surya then said,
’O damsel of slender waist, I will, even as
thou hast said, return to the place I have come from!
Having called a celestial, it is not, however, proper
to send him away in vain. Thy intention, O blessed
one, it is to have from Surya a son furnished with
a coat of mail and ear-rings, and who in point of
prowess would be beyond compare in this world!
Do thou, therefore, O damsel of elephantine gait,
surrender thy person to me! Thou shall then have,
O lady, a son after thy wish! O gentle girl, O
thou of sweet smiles, I will go back after having
known thee! If thou do not gratify me to-day
by obeying my word, I shall in anger curse thee, thy
father and that Brahmana also. For thy fault,
I will surely consume them all, and I shall inflict
condign punishment on that foolish father of thine
that knoweth not this transgression of thine and on
that Brahmana who hath bestowed the mantras
on thee without knowing thy disposition and character!
Yonder are all the celestials in heaven, with Purandara
at their head, who are looking at me with derisive
smiles at my being deceived by thee, O lady!
Look at those celestials, for thou art now possessed
of celestial sight! Before this I have endued
thee with celestial vision, in consequence of which
thou couldst see me!’”
Vaisampayana continued, “Thereupon the princess
beheld the celestials standing in the firmament, each
in his proper sphere, even as she saw before her that
highly resplendent deity furnished with rays, viz.,
Surya himself. And beholding them all, the girl
became frightened and her face was suffused with blushes
of shame. And then she addressed Surya, saying,
’O lord of rays, go thou back to thy own region.
On account of my maidenhood, this outrage of thine
is fraught with woe to me! It is only one’s
father, mother, and other superiors, that are capable
of giving away their daughter’s body. Virtue
I shall never sacrifice, seeing that in this world
the keeping of their persons inviolate is deemed as
the highest duty of Women, and is held in high regard!
O thou possessed of wealth of splendour, it is only