The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1 eBook

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“Markandeya continued, ’Hearing these words of the queen, that Muni, O thou foremost of the Kuru race, said, ‘So be it.’  And thereupon king Dala became highly glad and gave unto the Muni his Vami steeds, having bowed down unto him with reverence!’”

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Vaisampayana said, “The Rishis, the Brahmanas, and Yudhishthira then asked Markandeya, saying, ‘How did the Rishi Vaka become so long lived?’

“Thus asked by them, Markandeya answered, ’The royal sage Vaka is a great ascetic and endowed with long life.  Ye need not enquire into the reason of this.’

“Hearing this, O Bharata, the son of Kunti, king Yudhishthira the just, along with his brothers, then asked Markandeya saying, ’It hath been heard by us that both Vaka and Dalvya are of great souls and endowed with immortality and that those Rishis, held in universal reverence, are the friends of the chief of the gods.  O Holy One, I desire to listen lo the (history of the) meeting of Vaka and Indra that is full of both joy and woe.  Narrate thou that history unto us succinctly.’

“Markandeya said, ’When that horrible conflict between the gods and the Asuras was over, Indra became the ruler of the three worlds.  The clouds showered rain copiously.  And the dwellers of the world had abundance of harvests, and were excellent in disposition.  And devoted to virtue, they always practised morality and enjoyed peace.  And all persons, devoted to the duties of their respective orders, were perfectly happy and cheerful, and the slayer of Vala, beholding all the creatures of the world happy and cheerful, became himself filled with joy.  And he of a hundred sacrifices, the chief of the gods seated on the back of his elephant Airavata, surveyed his happy subjects, and he cast his eyes on delightful asylums of Rishis, on various auspicious rivers, towns full of prosperity, and villages and rural regions in the enjoyment of plenty.  And he also cast his eyes upon kings devoted to the practice of virtue and well-skilled in ruling their subjects.  And he also looked upon tanks and reservoirs and wells and lakes and smaller lakes all full of water and adored by best of Brahmanas in the observance, besides, of various excellent vows, and then descending on the delightful earth, O king, the god of a hundred sacrifices, proceeded towards a blessed asylum teeming with animals and birds, situated by the side of the sea, in the delightful and auspicious regions of the East on a spot overgrown with abundance of vegetation.  And the chief of the gods beheld Vaka in that asylum, and Vaka also, beholding the ruler of the Immortals, became highly glad, and he worshipped Indra by presenting him with water to wash his feet, a carpet to sit upon, the usual offering of the Arghya, and fruit and roots.  And the boon-giving slayer of Vala, the divine ruler of those that know not old age, being seated at his ease, asked Vaka the following question, ’O sinless Muni, thou hast lived for a hundred years!  Tell me, O Brahmana, what the sorrows are of those that are immortal!’

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