The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1 eBook

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“When Sahadeva thus showed his foot, no one among those intelligent and wise and proud and mighty monarchs said anything.  And a shower of flowers fell on Sahadeva’s head, and an incorporeal voice said—­’Excellent, excellent.’  Then Narada clad in black deer-skin, speaking of both the future and the past, that dispeller of all doubts, fully acquainted with all the worlds, said in the midst of innumerable creatures, these words of the clearest import,—­’Those men that will not worship the lotus-eyed Krishna should be regarded as dead though moving, and should never be talked to on any occasion.’”

“Vaisampayana continued,—­Then that god among men, Sahadeva cognisant of the distinction between a Brahmana and a Kshatriya, having worshipped those that deserved worship, completed that ceremony.  But upon Krishna having received the first worship, Sunitha (Sisupala) that mower of foes—­with eyes red as copper from anger, addressed those rulers of men and said,—­’When I am here to head ye all, what are ye thinking of now?  Arrayed let us stand in battle against the assembled Vrishnis and the Pandavas?’ And the bull of the Chedis, having thus stirred the kings up, began to consult with them how to obstruct the completion of the sacrifice.  All the invited monarchs who had come to the sacrifice, with Sunitha as their chief, looked angry and their faces became pale.  They all said, ’We must so act that the final sacrificial rite performed by Yudhishthira and the worship of Krishna may not be regarded as having been acquiesced in by us.  And impelled by a belief in their power and great assurance, the kings, deprived of reason through anger, began to say this.  And being moved by self-confidence and smarting under the insult offered unto them, the monarchs repeatedly exclaimed thus.  Though their friends sought to appease them, their faces glowed with anger like those of roaring lions driven away from their preys.  Krishna then understood that the vast sea of monarchs with its countless waves of troops was preparing for a terrific rush.”

SECTION XXXIX

(Sisupala-badha Parva)

“Vaisampayana said,—­Beholding that vast assembly of kings agitated with wrath, even like the terrific sea agitated by the winds that blow at the time of the universal dissolution, Yudhishthira addressing the aged Bhishma, that chief of intelligent men and the grandsire of the Kurus, even like Puruhita (Indra) that slayer of foes, of abundant energy addressing Vrihaspati, said,—­’This vast ocean of kings, hath been agitated by wrath.  Tell me, O Grandsire, what I should do in view of this.  O Grandsire, now what I should do that my sacrifice may not be obstructed and my subjects may not be injured.’

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