The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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of foes, do thou determine which of these tasks should first demand attention.  Should we stay here (to meet the advancing Pandava), or should we proceed (towards Satyaki)?  As regards Satyaki, he is now far ahead of us.’  While the charioteer, O sire, was speaking thus unto Bharadwaja’s son, the grandson of Sini suddenly appeared to the view, engaged in slaughtering a large number of car-warriors.  Those troops of thine, while being thus slaughtered by Yuyudhana, in battle, fled away from Yuyudhana’s car towards where Drona’s division was.  Those (other) car-warriors also with whom Duhsasana had proceeded, all struck with panic, similarly rushed to the spot where Drona’s car was seen.

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“Sanjaya said, ’Beholding Duhsasana’s car staying near his, the son of Bharadwaja, addressing Duhsasana, said these words, ’Why, O Duhsasana, are all these cars flying away?  Is the king well?  Is the ruler of the Sindhus yet alive?  Thou art a prince.  Thou art a brother of the king.  Thou art a mighty car-warrior.  Why dost thou fly away from battle?  (Securing the throne to thy brother), become thou that Prince-Regent.  Thou hadst formerly said unto Draupadi, ’Thou art our slave, having been won by us at dice.  Without being confined to thy husbands, cast aside thy chastity.  Be thou a bearer of robes to the king, my eldest brother.  Thy husbands are all dead.  They are as worthless as grains of sesamum without kernel.’  Having said these words then, why, O Duhsasana, dost thou fly from battle now?  Having thyself provoked such fierce hostilities with the Panchalas and the Pandavas, why art thou afraid in battle in the presence of Satyaki alone?  Taking up the dice on the occasion of the gambling match, couldst thou not divine that those dice then handled by thee would soon transform themselves into fierce shafts resembling snakes of virulent poison?  It was thou that hadst formerly applied diverse abusive epithets towards the Pandavas.  The woes of Draupadi have thee for their root.  Where now is that pride, that insolence, that brag of thine?  Why dost thou fly, having angered the Pandavas, those terrible snakes of virulent poison?  When thou that art a brave brother of Suyodhana, are intent on flight, without doubt, O hero, thou shouldst today protect, relying on the energy of thy own arms, this routed and panic-stricken Kaurava host.  Without doing this, thou, however, forsakest the battle in fear and enhancest the joy of thy foes.  O slayer of foes, when thou that art the leader of thy host, fliest away thus, who else will stay in battle?  When thou, its refuge, art frightened, who is there that will not be frightened?  Fighting with a single warrior of the Satwata race, thy heart is inclined towards flight from battle.  What, however, O Kaurava, wilt thou do when thou wilt see the wielder of Gandiva in battle, or Bhimasena, or the twins (Nakula and Sahadeva)?  The shafts of Satyaki, frightened

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