The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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lions among men, and their acts of striking each other, the spectators were filled with wonder.  And both endued with great strength, Drona and Satyaki, displaying their lightness of hand in the use of weapons, began to pierce each other with shafts.  Then he of Dasarha’s race, with his mighty shafts, cut off those of the illustrious Drona in that battle, and then, within a moment, the latter’s bow also.  Within, however, the twinkling of an eye, the son of Bharadwaja took up another bow and strung it.  Even that bow of his was cut off by Satyaki.  Drona then, with utmost quickness waited with another bow in hand.  As often, however, as Drona strung his bow, Satyaki cut it off.  And this he did full nine and seven times.  Beholding then that superhuman feat of Yuyudhana in battle, Drona, O monarch, thought in his mind, ’This force of weapons that I see in this foremost one among the Satwatas exists in Rama and Dhananjaya and was seen also in Kartavirya and that tiger among men, viz., Bhishma.  The son of Bharadwaja, therefore, mentally applauded the prowess of Satyaki.  Beholding that lightness of hand equal unto that of Vasava himself, that foremost of regenerate ones, that first of all persons conversant with weapons, was highly gratified with Madhava.  And the gods also, with Vasava at their head, were gratified with it.  The gods and the Gandharvas, O monarch, had never before witnessed that lightness of hand of the quickly moving Yuyudhana, although they and the Siddhas and the Charanas had been acquainted with the feats of which Drona was capable.  Then Drona, that foremost of persons acquainted with weapons, that grinder of Kshatriyas, taking up another bow, aimed some weapons.  Satyaki, however, baffling those weapons with the illusion of his own weapon struck him with some sharp shafts.  All this seemed highly wonderful.  Beholding that superhuman feat of his in battle, that feat of which nobody else was capable, and which displayed very great skill, those amongst thy warriors that were judges of skill, applauded it.  Satyaki shot the same weapons that Drona shot.  Beholding this, that scorcher of foes, viz., the preceptor, fought with a little less boldness, than usual.  Then that master of military science, O king, filled with wrath, invoked celestial weapons for the destruction of Yuyudhana.  Beholding that terrible foe-slaughtering Agneya weapon, Satyaki, that mighty bowman, invoked another celestial weapon, viz., the Varuna.  Seeing them both take up celestial weapons, loud cries of Oh and Alas arose there.  The very creatures having the sky for their element ceased to range through it.  Then the Varuna and the Agneya weapons which had thus been grafted on their shafts coming against each other became fruitless.[140] Just at that time, the sun passed down in his course.  Then king Yudhishthira and Bhimasena, the son of Pandu, and Nakula, and Sahadeva, desirous of protecting Satyaki, and the Matsyas, and the Salweya
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