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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.
taking him prisoner along with his ministers, offered him unto Drona, who beholding the vanquished monarch, said, ’O king, I again solicit thy friendship; and because none who is not a king deserveth to be the friend of a king, therefore, O Yajnasena, I am resolved to divide thy kingdom amongst ourselves.  While thou art the king of the country to the south of Bhagirathi (Ganga), I will rule the country to the north.’

“The Brahmana continued, ’The king of the Panchalas, thus addressed by the wise son of Bharadwaja, told that best of Brahmanas and foremost of all persons conversant with weapons, these words, ’O high-souled son of Bharadwaja, blest be thou, let it be so, let there be eternal friendship between us as thou desirest!’ Thus addressing each other and establishing a permanent bond between themselves, Drona and the king of Panchala, both of them chastisers of foes, went away to the places they came from.  But the thought of that humiliation did not leave the king’s mind for a single moment.  Sad at heart, the king began to waste away.’”

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(Chaitraratha Parva continued)

“The Brahmana continued, ’King Drupada (after this), distressed at heart, wandered among many asylums of Brahmanas in search of superior Brahmanas well-skilled in sacrificial rites.  Overwhelmed with grief and eagerly yearning for children, the king always said, ’Oh, I have no offspring surpassing all in accomplishments.’  And the monarch, from great despondency, always said ’Oh, fie on those children that I have and on my relatives!’ And ever thinking of revenging himself on Drona, the monarch sighed incessantly.  And that best of kings, O Bharata, even after much deliberation, saw no way of overcoming, by his Kshatriya might, the prowess and discipline and training and accomplishment of Drona.  Wandering along the banks of the Yamuna and the Ganga, the monarch once came upon a sacred asylum of Brahmanas.  There was in that asylum no Brahmana who was not a Snataka, no one who was not of rigid vows, and none who was not virtuous to a high degree.  And the king saw there two Brahmana sages named Yaja and Upayaja, both of rigid vows and souls under complete control and belonging to the most superior order.  They were both devoted to the study of the ancient institutes and sprung from the race of Kasyapa.  And those best of Brahmanas were well-able to help the king in the attainment of his object.  The king then, with great assiduity and singleness of purpose, began to court this pair of excellent Brahmanas.  Ascertaining the superior accomplishments of the younger of the two the king courted in private Upayaja of rigid vows, by the offer of every desirable acquisition.  Employed in paying homage to the feet of Upayaja, always addressing in sweet words and offering him every object of human desire, Drupada, after worshipping that Brahmana, addressed him (one day), saying, ’O Upayaja, O Brahmana,

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