The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1 eBook

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’And having resolved at last, the sweet-speeched Jaratkaru, the sister of Vasuki, spake softly unto that Rishi resplendent with ascetic penances, and lying prostrate like a flame of fire, ’O thou of great good fortune, awake, the sun is setting.  O thou of rigid vows, O illustrious one, do your evening prayer after purifying yourself with water and uttering the name of Vishnu.  The time for the evening sacrifice hath come.  Twilight, O lord, is even now gently covering the western side.’

“The illustrious Jaratkaru of great ascetic merit, thus addressed, spake unto his wife these words, his upper lip quivering in anger, ’O amiable one of the Naga race, thou hast insulted me.  I shall no longer abide with thee, but shall go where I came from.  O thou of beautiful thighs, I believe in my heart that the sun hath no power to set in the usual time, if I am asleep.  An insulted person should never live where he hath met with the insult, far less should I, a virtuous person, or those that are like me.’  Jaratkaru, the sister of Vasuki, thus addressed by her lord, began to quake with terror, and she spake unto him, saying, ’O Brahmana, I have not waked thee from desire of insult; but I have done it so that thy virtue may not sustain any loss.’

“The Rishi Jaratkaru, great in ascetic merit, possessed with anger and desirous of forsaking his spouse, thus addressed, spake unto his wife, saying, O thou fair one, never have I spoken a falsehood.  Therefore, go I shall.  This was also settled between ourselves.  O amiable one, I have passed the time happily with thee.  And, O fair one, tell thy brother, when I am gone, that I have left thee.  And upon my going away, it behoveth thee not to grieve for me.’

“Thus addressed Jaratkaru, the fair sister of Vasuki, of faultless features, filled with anxiety and sorrow, having mustered sufficient courage and patience, though her heart was still quaking, then spake unto Rishi Jaratkaru.  Her words were obstructed with tears and her face was pale with fear.  And the palms of her hands were joined together, and her eyes were bathed in tears.  And she said, ’It behoveth thee not to leave me without a fault.  Thou treadest over the path of virtue.  I too have been in the same path, with heart fixed on the good of my relatives.  O best of Brahmanas, the object for which I was bestowed on thee hath not been accomplished yet.  Unfortunate that I am, what shall Vasuki say unto me?  O excellent one, the offspring desired of by my relatives afflicted by a mother’s curse, do not yet appear!  The welfare of my relatives dependeth on the acquisition of offspring from thee.  And in order that my connection with thee may not be fruitless, O illustrious Brahmana, moved by the desire of doing good to my race do I entreat thee.  O excellent one, high-souled thou art; so why shall thou leave me who am faultless?  This is what is not just clear to me.’

“Thus addressed, the Muni of great ascetic merit spake unto his wife Jaratkaru these words that were proper and suitable to the occasion.  And he said, ’O fortunate one, the being thou hast conceived, even like unto Agni himself is a Rishi of soul highly virtuous, and a master of the Vedas and their branches.’

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