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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.
renounce three worlds, the empire of heaven, anything that may be greater than that, but truth I would never renounce.  The earth may renounce its scent, water may renounce its moisture, light may renounce its attribute of exhibiting forms, air may renounce its attribute of touch, the sun may renounce his glory, fire, its heat, the moon, his cooling rays, space, its capacity of generating sound, the slayer of Vritra, his prowess, the god of justice, his impartiality; but I cannot renounce truth.’  Thus addressed by her son endued with wealth of energy, Satyavati said unto Bhishma, ’O thou whose prowess is truth, I know of thy firmness in truth.  Thou canst, if so minded, create, by the help of thy energy, three worlds other than those that exist.  I know what thy vow was on my account.  But considering this emergency, bear thou the burden of the duty that one oweth to his ancestors.  O punisher of foes, act in such a way that the lineal link may not be broken and our friends and relatives may not grieve.’  Thus urged by the miserable and weeping Satyavati speaking such words inconsistent with virtue from grief at the loss of her son, Bhishma addressed her again and said, ’O Queen, turn not thy eyes away from virtue.  O, destroy us not.  Breach of truth by a Kshatriya is never applauded in our treatises on religion.  I shall soon tell thee, O Queen, what the established Kshatriya usage is to which recourse may be had to prevent Santanu’s line becoming extinct on earth.  Hearing me, reflect on what should be done in consultation with learned priests and those that are acquainted with practices allowable in times of emergency and distress, forgetting not at the same time what the ordinary course of social conduct is.’”

SECTION CIV

(Sambhava Parva continued)

“Bhishma continued, ’In olden days, Rama, the son of Jamadagni, in anger at the death of his father, slew with his battle axe the king of the Haihayas.  And Rama, by cutting off the thousand arms of Arjuna (the Haihaya king), achieved a most difficult feat in the world.  Not content with this, he set out on his chariot for the conquest of the world, and taking up his bow he cast around his mighty weapons to exterminate the Kshatriyas.  And the illustrious scion of Bhrigu’s race, by means of his swift arrows annihilated the Kshatriya tribe one and twenty times.

“And when the earth was thus deprived of Kshatriyas by the great Rishi, the Kshatriya ladies all over the land had offspring raised by Brahmanas skilled in the Vedas.  It has been said in the Vedas that the sons so raised belongeth to him that had married the mother.  And the Kshatriya ladies went in unto the Brahamanas not lustfully but from motives of virtue.  Indeed, it was thus that the Kshatriya race was revived.

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