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

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“Markandeya continued, ’So saying, he, of great ascetic merit, hastened to Vainya’s sacrifice and reaching the sacrificial altar and making his obeisance to the king and praising him with well-meaning speeches, he spoke these words, “Blessed art thou, O king!  Ruling over the earth, thou art the foremost of sovereigns!  The Munis praise thee, and besides thee there is none so versed in religious lore!” To him the Rishi Gautama, of great ascetic merit, then indignantly replied saying, “Atri, do not repeat this nonsense. (It seems) thou art not in thy proper senses.  In this world of ours, Mahendra the lord of all created beings (alone) is the foremost of all sovereigns!” Then, O, great prince, Atri said to Gautama, “As Indra, the lord of all creatures, ruleth over our destinies, so doth this king!  Thou art mistaken.  It is thou who hast lost thine senses from want of spiritual perception!” Gautama replied, “I know I am not mistaken; it is thou who art labouring under a misconception in this matter.  To secure the king’s countenance, thou art flattering him in (this) assembly of the people.  Thou dost not know what the highest virtue, nor dost thou feel the need for it.  Thou art like a child steeped in ignorance, for what then hast thou become (so) old in years?"’

“Markandeya continued, ’While those two men were thus disputing in the presence of the Munis, who were engaged in Vainya’s sacrifice the latter enquired, “What is the matter with them, that maketh them talk so vociferously?” Then the very pious Kasyapa learned in all religious lore, approaching the disputants asked them what was the matter.  And then Gautama, addressing that assembly of great Munis said, “Listen, O great Brahmanas, to the point in dispute between us.  Atri hath said that Vainya is the ruler of our destinies; great is our doubt on this point."’

“Markandeya continued, ’On hearing this, the great-mind Munis went instantly to Sanatkumara who was well versed in religion to clear their doubt.  And then he of great ascetic merit, having heard the particulars from them addressed them these words full of religious meaning.  And Sanatkumara said, “As fire assisted by the wind burneth down forests, so a Brahmana’s energy in union with a Kshatriya’s or a Kshatriya’s joined with a Brahmana’s destroyeth all enemies.  The sovereign is the distinguished giver of laws and the protector of his subjects.  He is (a protector of created beings) like Indra, (a propounder of morals) like Sukra, (a counsellor) like Vrihaspati and (hence he is also called) the ruler of men’s destinies.  Who does not think it proper to worship the individual of whom such terms as ‘preserver of created beings,’ ‘royal,’ ‘emperor,’ ‘Kshatriya’ (or saviour of the earth), ‘lord of earth,’ ‘ruler of men,’ are applied in praise?  The king is (also) styled the prime cause (of social order, as being the promulgator of laws), ’the virtuous in wars,’ (and therefore, preserver

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