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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 1,884 pages of information about The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1.

“Sauti continued, ’Then that best of Brahmanas, Astika, quelling the terrible fear of the Vasuki’s heart, and taking it, as it were, on himself, wended, for the relief of the king of the snakes, with speed to Janamejaya’s sacrifice blessed with every merit.  And Astika having gone thither, beheld the excellent sacrificial compound with numerous Sadasyas on it whose splendour was like unto that of the Sun or Agni.  But that best of Brahmanas was refused admittance by the door-keepers.  And the mighty ascetic gratified them, being desirous of entering the sacrificial compound.  And that best of Brahmanas, that foremost of all virtuous men, having entered the excellent sacrificial compound, began to adore the king of infinite achievements, Ritwiks, the Sadasyas, and also the sacred fire.’”

SECTION LV

(Astika Parva continued)

“Astika said, ’Soma and Varuna and Prajapati performed sacrifices of old in Prayaga.  But thy sacrifice, O foremost one of Bharata’s race, O son of Parikshit, is not inferior to any of those.  Let those dear unto us be blessed!  Sakra performed a hundred sacrifices.  But this sacrifice of thine, O foremost one of Bharata’s race, O son of Parikshit, is fully equal to ten thousand sacrifices of Sakra.  Let those dear unto us be blessed!  Like the sacrifice of Yama, of Harimedha, or of king Rantideva, is the sacrifice of thine, O foremost one of Bharata’s race, O son of Parikshit.  Let those dear unto us be blessed!  Like the sacrifice of Maya, of king Sasavindu, or of king Vaisravana, is this sacrifice of thine, O foremost one of Bharata’s race, O son of Satyavati, in which he himself was the chief priest, is this sacrifice of Nriga, of Ajamida, of the son of Dasaratha, is this sacrifice of thine, O foremost one of Bharata’s race, O son of Parikshit.  Let those dear unto us be blessed!  Like the sacrifice of king Yudhishthira, the son of a god and belonging to Ajamida race, heard of (even) in the heavens, is this sacrifice of thine.  O foremost one of Bharata’s race, O son of Parikshit, let those dear unto us be blessed!  Like the sacrifice of Krishna (Dwaipayana), the son of Satyavati, in which he himself was the chief priest, is this sacrifice of thine, O foremost one of Bharata’s race, O son of Parikshit Let those dear unto us be blessed!  These (Ritwiks and Sadasyas) that are here engaged in making thy sacrifice, like unto that of the slayer of Vritra, are of splendour equal to that of the sun.  There now remains nothing for them to know, and gifts made to them become inexhaustible (in merit).  It is my conviction that there is no Ritwik in all the worlds who is equal to thy Ritwik, Dwaipayana.  His disciples, becoming Ritwiks, competent for their duties, travel over the earth.  The high-souled bearer of libation (viz., Agni), called also Vibhavasu and Chitrabhanu, having gold for his vital seed and having his path, marked by black smoke, blazing up with flames inclined

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