The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1 eBook

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thee to act faithfull, according to those words thou hadst spoken unto me before in the presence of the guardians of the worlds.  O bull among men, that thy wife liveth even a moment after thy desertion of her, is only because mortals are decreed to die at the appointed time.  O bull among men, enough of this joke!  O irrepressible one, I am terribly frightened.  O lord, show thyself.  I see thee!  I see thee, o king!  Thou art seen, O Naishadha, Hiding thyself behind those shrubs, why dost thou not reply unto me?  It is cruel of thee, O great king, that seeing me in this plight and so lamenting, thou dost not, O king, approach and comfort me.  I grieve not for myself, nor for anything else.  I only grieve to think how thou wilt pass thy days alone, O king.  In the evening oppressed with hunger and thirst and fatigue, underneath the trees, how wilt it take with thee when thou seest me not?’ And then Damayanti, afflicted with anguish and burning with grief, began to rush hither and thither, weeping in woe.  And now the helpless princess sprang up, and now she sank down in stupor; and now she shrank in terror, and now she wept and wailed aloud.  And Bhima’s daughter devoted to her husband, burning in anguish and sighing ever more, and faint and weeping exclaimed, ’That being through whose imprecation the afflicted Naishadha suffereth this woe, shall bear grief that is greater than ours.  May that wicked being who hath brought Nala of sinless heart this, lead a more miserable life bearing greater ills.’

“Thus lamenting, the crowned consort of the illustrious (king) began to seek her lord in those woods, inhabited by beasts of prey.  And the daughter of Bhima, wailing bitterly, wandered hither and thither like a maniac, exclaiming, ‘Alas!  Alas!  Oh king!’ And as she was wailing loudly like a female osprey, and grieving and indulging in piteous lamentations unceasingly, she came near a gigantic serpent.  And that huge and hungry serpent thereupon suddenly seized Bhima’s daughter, who had come near and was moving about within its range.  And folded within serpent’s coils and filled with grief, she still wept, not for herself but for Naishadha.  And she said ’O lord, why dost thou not rush towards me, now that I am seized, without anybody to protect me, by this serpent in these desert wilds?  And, O Naishadha, how will it fare with thee when thou rememberest me?  O lord, why hast thou gone away, deserting me today in the forest?  Free from thy course, when thou wilt have regained thy mind and senses and wealth, how will it be with thee when thou thinkest of me?  O Naishadha, O sinless one, who will soothe thee when thou art weary, and hungry, and fainting, O tiger among kings?’ And while she was wailing thus, a certain huntsman ranging the deep woods, hearing her lamentations, swiftly came to the spot.  And beholding the large-eyed one in the coils of the serpent, he rushed towards it and cut off its head with his sharp weapon.  And having struck the reptile dead,

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