The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1 eBook

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“Arjuna said, ’O mighty monarch, listen how I duly beheld him of a hundred sacrifice and the divine Sankara also.  O grinder of foes, O king, having acquired that science which thou hadst directed me (to learn), I at thy command went to the forest, for practising penances.  From Kamyaka repairing to the Bhrigutunga, I spent there one night, being engaged in austerities And it came to pass that on the next I saw a certain Brahmana.  And he asked me, saying, ’O son of Kunti, whither wilt thou go?’ Thereupon, O descendant of the Kurus, I truly related unto him everything.  And, O best of kings, having heard the true account, the Brahmana became well-pleased with me, and, O king, praised me.  Then the Brahmana, pleased with me, said, ’O Bharata, be thou engaged in austerities.  By performing penances, thou wilt in a short time behold the lord of the celestials.’  And according to his advice I ascended the Himavan, and, O mighty king, began to practise penances, (the first) month subsisting on fruit and roots.  I spent the second month, subsisting on water.  And, O Pandava, in the third month I totally abstained from food.  And in the fourth month I remained with upraised arms.  And a wonder it is that I did not lose any strength.  And it came to pass that when the first day of the fifth month had been spent, there appeared before me a being wearing the form of a boar, turning up the earth with his mouth, stamping the ground with his feet, rubbing the earth with his breast, and momentarily going about in a frightful manner.  And him followed a great being in the guise of a hunter furnished with the bow, arrows, and the sword, and surrounded by females.  Thereupon, taking my bow and the two inexhaustible quivers, I pierced with shafts that terrible and frightful creature.  And simultaneously (with me) that hunter also drawing a strong bow, more severely struck at (the animal), as if shaking my mind.  And, O king, he also said unto me, ’Why hast thou, transgressing the rules of hunting, hit the animal first hit at by me?  With these sharpened shafts will I destroy thy pride.  Stay!’ Then that mighty-bodied one holding the bow rushed at me.  And with volleys of mighty shafts, he covered me entirely, even as a cloud covereth a mountain with showers.  Then, on my part, I covered him with a mighty discharge of arrows.  Thereupon, with steady arrows having their points aflame, and inspired with mantras, I pierced him even as (Indra) riveth a mountain with a thunderbolt.  Then his person began to be multiplied a hundredfold and a thousandfold.  At this, I pierced all this bodies with shafts.  Then again all those forms became one, O Bharata.  Thereat I struck at it.  Next, he now assumed a small body with a huge head, and now a huge body with a small head.  And, O king, he then assumed his former person and approached me for fight.  And, O foremost of the Bharata race, when in the encounter I failed to overwhelm him with arrows, I fixed the mighty weapon of the Wind-god.  But I failed to

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