The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1 eBook

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“Vasishtha continued, ’Then, O child, Aurva cast the fire of his wrath into the abode of Varuna.  And that fire which consumeth the waters of the great ocean, became like unto a large horse’s head which persons conversant with the Vedas call by the name of Vadavamukha.  And emitting itself from that mouth it consumeth the waters of the mighty ocean.  Blest be thou!  It behoveth not thee, therefore, to destroy the worlds.  O thou Parasara, who art acquainted with the higher regions, thou foremost of wise men!’”

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(Chaitraratha Parva continued)

“The Gandharva continued, ’The Brahmana sage (Parasara) thus addressed by the illustrious Vasishtha restrained his wrath from destroying the worlds.  But the Rishi Parasara endued with great energy—­the son of Saktri—­the foremost of all persons acquainted with the Vedas—­performed a grand Rakshasa sacrifice.  And remembering the slaughter of (his father) Saktri, the great Muni began to consume the Rakshasas, young and old, in the sacrifice he performed.  And Vasishtha did not restrain him from this slaughter of the Rakshasa, from the determination of not obstructing this second vow (of his grandson).  And in that sacrifice the great Muni Parasara sat before three blazing fires, himself like unto a fourth fire.  And the son of Saktri, like the Sun just emerging from the clouds, illuminated the whole firmament by that stainless sacrifice of his into which large were the libations poured of clarified butter.  Then Vasishtha and the other Rishis regarded that Muni blazing with his own energy as if he were the second Sun.  Then the great Rishi Atri of liberal soul desirous of ending that sacrifice, an achievement highly difficult for others,—­came to that place.  And there also came, O thou slayer of all foes, Pulastya and Pulaha, and Kratu the performer of many great sacrifices, all influenced by the desire of saving the Rakshasas.  And, O thou bull of the Bharata race, Pulastya then, seeing that many Rakshasas had already been slain, told these words unto Parasara that oppressor of all enemies: 

’There is no obstruction, I hope, to this sacrifice of thine, O child!  Takest thou any pleasure, O child, in this slaughter of even all those innocent Rakshasas that know nothing of thy father’s death.  It behoveth thee not to destroy any creatures thus.  This, O child, is not the occupation of a Brahmana devoted to asceticism.  Peace is the highest virtue.  Therefore, O Parasara, establish thou peace.  How hast thou, O Parasara, being so superior, engaged thyself in such a sinful practice?  It behoveth not thee to transgress against Saktri himself who was well-acquainted with all rules of morality.  It behoveth not thee to extirpate any creatures.  O descendant of Vasishtha’s race, that which befell thy father was brought about by his own curse.  It was for his own fault that Saktri was taken hence unto heaven.  O Muni, no Rakshasa was capable

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