The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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king Yudhishthira the Just, of mighty arms, fearing the evil opinion of the world, began to think of Satyaki’s car.  Sini’s grandson Satyaki, of true prowess, that dispeller of the fears of friends, hath been sent by me in the track of Phalguna.  I had only one source of anxiety before, but now I have two.  I should have tidings of both Satyaki and Dhananjaya, the son of Pandu.  Having despatched Satyaki to follow in the track of Arjuna, whom shall I now send in the track of Satyaki?  If by every means I endeavour to obtain intelligence of my brother only, without enquiring after Yuyudhana, the world will reproach me.  They will say that, ’Yudhishthira, the son of Dharma, having enquired after his brother, leaves Satyaki of Vrishni’s race, that hero of unfailing prowess, to his fate!’ Fearing, as I do, the reproach of the world, I should therefore, send Vrikodara, the son of Pritha, in the track of the high-souled Madhava.  The love I bear to the Vrishni hero, to that invincible warrior of the Satwata race, (viz., Satyaki), is not less than the love I bear to Arjuna, that slayer of foes.  The delighter of the Sinis hath again, been set by me to a very heavy task.  That mighty warrior, however, hath, either for the sake of a friend’s request or for that of honour, penetrated into the Bharata army like a Makara into the ocean.  Loud is the noise I hear of unretreating heroes, fighting together against that Vrishni hero of great intelligence.  Without doubt, they are too many for him.  The time, therefore, is come when I should think of his rescue.  It seems to me that armed with the bow, Bhimasena, the son of Pandu, should go there where those two mighty car-warriors are.  There is nothing on earth that Bhima cannot bear.  If he struggles with resolution, he is a match in battle for all the bowmen in the world.  Depending on the might of his own arms, he can stand against all foes.  Relying on the strength of arms of that high-souled warrior, we have been able to come back from our exile in the woods and we have never been vanquished in battle.  If Bhimasena, the son of Pandu, proceedeth hence to Satyaki, both Satyaki and Phalguna will derive real aid.  Without doubt, I should not feel any anxiety for Satyaki and Phalguna.  Both of them are accomplished in weapons, and Vasudeva himself is protecting them. (For all that, I feel anxious on their account), I should certainly seek to remove my anxiety.  I shall, therefore, set Bhima to follow in the wake of Satyaki.  Having done this, I should regard my arrangements complete for the rescue of Satyaki.’  Yudhishthira, the son of Dharma, having settled this in his mind, addressed his charioteer and said, ‘Take me to Bhima.’  Hearing the command of king Yudhishthira the Just, the charioteer who was versed in horse-lore, took that car decked with gold to where Bhima was.  Arrived at the presence of Bhima, the king, remembering the occasion, became unmanned by grief, and pressed Bhima with diverse solicitations. 
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