The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1 eBook

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and Andhakas, and the chiefs of many islands and countries on the sea-board as also of frontier states, including the rulers of the Sinhalas, the barbarous mlecchas, the natives of Lanka, and all the kings of the West by hundreds, and all the chiefs of the sea-coast, and the kings of the Pahlavas and the Daradas and the various tribes of the Kiratas and Yavanas and Sakras and the Harahunas and Chinas and Tukharas and the Sindhavas and the Jagudas and the Ramathas and the Mundas and the inhabitants of the kingdom of women and the Tanganas and the Kekayas and the Malavas and the inhabitants of Kasmira, afraid of the prowess of your weapons, present in obedience to your invitation, performing various offices,—­that prosperity, O king, so unstable and waiting at present on the foe, I shall restore to thee, depriving thy foe of his very life.  I shall, O chief of the Kurus, assisted by Rama and Bhima and Arjuna and the twins and Akrura and Gada and Shamva and Pradyumna and Ahuka and the heroic Dhrishtadyumna and the son of Sisupala, slay in battle in course of a day Duryodhana and Karna and Dussasana and Suvala’s son and all others who may fight against us.  And thou shalt, O Bharata, living at Hastinapura along with thy brothers, and snatching from Dhritarashtra’s party the prosperity they are enjoying, rule this earth.’  Even these, O king, were Krishna’s words unto Yudhishthira, who, on the conclusion of Krishna’s speech, addressed him in that meeting of heroes and in the hearing of all those brave warriors headed by Dhrishtadyumna, saying, ’O Janardana, I accept these words of thine as truth.  O thou of mighty arms, do thou, however, slay my enemies along with all their followers on the expiry of thirteen years.  O Kesava, promise this truly unto me.  I promised in the presence of the king to live in the forest as I am now living.’  Consenting to these words of king Yudhishthira the just, his counsellors headed by Dhrishtadyumna soon pacified the incensed Kesava with sweet words and expressions suitable to the occasion.  And they also said unto Draupadi of pure deeds in the hearing of Vasudeva himself, these words, ’O lady, in consequence of thy anger, Duryodhana shall lay down his life.  We promise it, O thou of the fairest complexion.  Therefore, grieve no more.  O Krishna, those that mocked thee, beholding thee won at dice, shall reap the fruit of their act.  Beasts of prey and birds shall eat their flesh, and mock them thus.  Jackals and vultures will drink their blood.  And, O Krishna, thou shalt behold the bodies of those wretches that dragged thee by the hair prostrate on the earth, dragged and eaten by carnivorous animals.  They also that gave thee pain and disregarded thee shall lie on the earth destitute of their heads, and the earth herself shall drink their blood.’  These and other speeches of various kinds were uttered there, O king, by those bulls of the Bharata race.  All of them are endued with energy and bravery, and marked with the marks of battle.  On the expiration
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