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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.

Vaisampayana continued,—­“Having said these words, the worshipful Lord of justice, who is the object of contemplation of all the worlds, vanished therefrom; and the high-souled Pandavas after they had slept sweetly were united with one another.  And their fatigue dispelled, those heroes returned to the hermitage, and gave back that Brahmana his firesticks.  That man who pursueth this illustrious and fame-enhancing story of the revival (of the Pandavas) and the meeting of father and son (Dharma and Yudhishthira), obtaineth perfect tranquillity of mind, and sons and grandsons, and also a life extending over a hundred years!  And the mind of that man that layeth this story to heart, never delighteth in unrighteousness, or in disunion among friends, or misappropriation of other person’s property, or staining other people’s wives, or in foul thoughts!

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Vaisampayana continued,—­“Commanded by the Lord of justice to thus spend in disguise the thirteenth year of non-discovery, the high-souled Pandavas, observant of vows and having truth for prowess, sat before those learned and vow-observing ascetics that from regard were dwelling with them in their exile in the forest.  And with joined hands they said these words, with the intention of obtaining permission to spend the thirteenth year in the manner indicated.  And they said, ’Ye know well that the sons of Dhritarashtra have by deceit deprived us of our kingdom, and have also done us many other wrongs!  We have passed twelve years in the forest in great affliction.  The thirteenth year only, which we are to spend unrecognised, yet remaineth.  It behoveth you to permit us now to spend this year in concealment!  Those rancorous enemies of ours Suyodhana, the wicked-minded Kama, and Suvala’s son should they discover us, would do mighty wrong to the citizens and our friends!  Shall we all with the Brahmanas, be again established in our own kingdom?  Having said this, that pure-spirited son of Dharma king Yudhishthira, overwhelmed with grief and with accents choked in tears, swooned away.  Thereupon the Brahmanas, together with his brothers began to cheer him up.  Then Dhaumya spake unto the king these words fraught with mighty meaning,—­’O king, thou art learned and capable of bearing privations, art firm in promise, and of subdued sense!  Men of such stamp are not overwhelmed by any calamity whatever.  Even the high-souled gods themselves have wandered over various places in disguise, for the purpose of overcoming foes.  Indra for the purpose of overcoming his toes, dwelt in disguise in the asylum of Giriprastha, in Nishadha and thus attained his end.  Before taking his birth in the womb of Aditi, Vishnu for the purpose of destroying the Daityas passed a long time unrecognised, assuming the form of the Haya-griba (Horse-necked).  Then how disguising himself in the form of a dwarf, he by his prowess deprived Vali of his kingdom, hath been heard

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