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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.
thy followers, nor thou thyself, shall ever act in such a way as to produce my displeasure!  If, O sinless one, it liketh thee, I would then live in thy house thus!  I shall leave thy abode when I wish, and come back when I please.  And, O king, no one shall offend me in respect of my food or bed.’—­Then Kuntibhoja spake unto him these words cheerfully, ‘Be it so, and more.’  And he again said unto him, ’O thou of great wisdom, I have an illustrious daughter named Pritha.  And she beareth an excellent character, is observant of vow, chaste, and of subdued senses.  And she shall attend on thee and minister unto thee with reverence.  And thou wilt be pleased with her disposition!’ And having said this to that Brahmana and duly paid him homage, the king went to his daughter Pritha of large eyes, and spake thus unto her, ’O child, this eminently pious Brahmana is desirous of dwelling in my house!  I have accepted his proposal, saying,—­So be it, relying, O child, on thy aptitude and skill in ministering unto Brahmanas.  It, therefore, behoveth thee to act in such a manner that my words may not be untrue.  Do thou give him with alacrity whatever this reverend Brahmana possessed of ascetic merit and engaged in the study of the Vedas, may want.  Let everything that this Brahmana asketh for be giver to him cheerfully.  A Brahmana is the embodiment of pre-eminent energy:  he is also the embodiment of the highest ascetic merit.  It is in consequence of the virtuous practices of Brahmanas that the sun shineth in the heavens.  It was for their disregard of Brahmanas that were deserving of honour that the mighty Asura Vatapi, as also Talajangha, was destroyed by the curse of the Brahmanas.  For the present, O child, it is a highly virtuous one of that order that is entrusted to thy keep.  Thou shouldst always tend this Brahmana with concentrated mind.  O daughter, I know that, from childhood upwards, thou hast ever been attentive to Brahmanas, and superiors, and relatives, and servants, and friends, to thy mothers and myself.  I know thou bearest thyself well, bestowing proper regard upon everyone.  And, O thou of faultless limbs, in the city of the interior of my palace, on account of thy gentle behaviour, there is not one, even among the servants, that is dissatisfied with thee.  I have, therefore, thought thee fit to wait upon all Brahmanas of wrathful temper.  Thou art, O Pritha, a girl and has been adopted as my daughter.  Thou art born in the race of the Vrishnis, and art the favourite daughter of Sura.  Thou wert, O girl, given to me gladly by thy father himself.  The sister of Vasudeva by birth, thou art (by adoption) the foremost of my children.  Having promised me in these words,—­I will give my first born,—­thy father gladly gave thee to me while thou wert yet in thy infancy.  It is for this reason that thou art my daughter.  Born in such a race and reared in such a race, thou hast come from one happy state to another like a lotus transferred from one lake to another.  O auspicious
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