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The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1 eBook

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tribute) innumerable skins, black, darkish, and red, of the deer Kadali, as also numberless blankets of excellent textures.  And hundreds and thousands and thousands of she-elephants and thirty thousand she-camels wander within the palace, for the kings of the earth brought them all as tribute to the capital of the Pandavas.  And, O lord of earth, the kings also brought unto this foremost of sacrifices heaps upon heaps of jewels and gems for the son of Kunti.  Never before did I see or hear of such enormous wealth as was brought unto the sacrifice of the intelligent sons of Pandu.  And, O king, beholding that enormous collection of wealth belonging to the foe, I can not enjoy peace of mind.  Hundreds of Brahmanas supported by the grants that Yudhishthira hath given them and possessing wealth of kine, waited at the palace gate with three thousands of millions of tribute but were prevented by the keepers from entering the mansion.  Bringing with them clarified butter in handsome Kamandalus made of gold, they did not obtain admission into the palace, and Ocean himself brought unto him in vessels of white copper the nectar that is generated within his waters and which is much superior to that which flowers and annual plants produce for Sakra.  And Vasudeva (at the conclusion of the sacrifice) having brought an excellent conch bathed the Sun of Pritha with sea water brought in thousand jars of gold, all well adorned with numerous gems.  Beholding all this I became feverish with jealousy.  Those jars had been taken to the Eastern and the Southern oceans.  And they had also been taken on the shoulders of men to the Western ocean, O bull among men.  And, O father, although none but birds only can go to the Northern region Arjuna, having gone thither, exacted as tribute a vast quantity of wealth.  There is another wonderful incident also which I will relate to thee.  O listen to me.  When a hundred thousand Brahmanas were fed, it had been arranged that to notify this act every day conches would be blown in a chorus.  But, O Bharata, I continually heard conches blown there almost repeatedly.  And hearing those notes my hair stood on end.  And, O great king, that palatial compound, filled with innumerable monarchs that came there as spectators, looked exceedingly handsome like the cloudless firmament with stars.  And, O king of men, the monarchs came into that sacrifice of the wise son of Pandu bringing with them every kind of wealth.  And the kings that came there became like Vaisyas the distributors of food unto the Brahmanas that were fed.  And O king, the prosperity that I beheld of Yudhishthira was such that neither the chief himself of the celestials, nor Yama or Varuna, nor the lord of the Guhyakas owneth the same.  And beholding that great prosperity of the son of Pandu, my heart burneth and I cannot enjoy peace.

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