The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1 eBook

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who is sanctified with Brahma, and who hath assigned the cares of his State to a priest, might vanquish! all wanderers in the night.  O child of Tapati, men should therefore, ever employ learned priests possessing self-command for the acquisition of every good luck they desire.  That Brahmana is worthy of being the king’s priest who is learned in the Vedas and the six branches thereof, who is pure and truthful, who is of virtuous soul and possessed of self-command.  The monarch becometh ever victorious and finally earneth heaven who hath for his priest a Brahmana conversant with the rules of morality, who is a master of words, and is pure and of good behaviour.  The king should always select an accomplished priest in order to acquire what he hath not and protect what he hath.  He who desireth his own prosperity should ever be guided by his priest, for he may then obtain ever the whole earth surrounded by her belt of seas.  O son of Tapati, a king, who is without a Brahmana, can never acquire any land by his bravery or glory of birth alone.  Know, therefore, O perpetuator of Kuru’s race, that the kingdom lasteth for ever in which Brahmanas have power.’”

SECTION CLXXIII

(Chaitraratha Parva continued)

“Arjuna said, ’Thou hast addressed me (more than once) as Tapatya.  I therefore wish to know what the precise significance of this word is, O virtuous Gandharva, being sons of Kunti, we are, indeed, Kaunteyas.  But who is Tapati that we should be called Tapatyas?’

“Vaisampayana continued, ’Thus addressed, the Gandharva related to Dhananjaya, the son of Kunti, the (following) story well-known in the three worlds.’

“The Gandharva said, ’O son of Pritha, O foremost of all intelligent men, I will duly recite to you in full this charming narrative.  O, listen with attention to what I say in explanation of why I have addressed thee as Tapatya.  That one in heaven who pervadeth by his light the whole firmament had a daughter named Tapati equal unto himself.  Tapati, the daughter of the god Vivaswat, was the younger sister of Savitri, and she was celebrated throughout the three worlds and devoted to ascetic penances.  There was no woman amongst the celestials, the Asuras, the Yakshas, the Rakshasas, the Apsaras, and the Gandharvas, who was equal to her in beauty.  Of perfect, symmetrical and faultless features, of black and large eyes, and in beautiful attire, the girl was chaste and of perfect conduct.  And, O Bharata, seeing her Savitri (the sun) thought that there was none in the three worlds who, for his beauty, accomplishments, behaviour, and learning, deserved to be her husband.  Beholding her attain the age of puberty and, therefore, worthy of being bestowed on a husband, her father knew no peace of mind, always thinking of the person he should select.  At that time, O son of Kunti, Riksha’s son, that bull amongst the Kurus, the mighty king Samvarana, was duly

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