The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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Disregarding the words of Vidura, thou hast repeatedly fanned it thyself.  With resolute care, all of you had surrounded Arjuna, resolved to stand by the ruler of the Sindhus.  Why then have all of you been vanquished and why also has Jayadratha been slain?  Why, when thou art alive, and Karna, and Kripa, and Salya, and Aswatthaman, O Kauravya, hath the ruler of the Sindhus been slain?  For rescuing the ruler of the Sindhus, the kings (on thy side) had put forth all their fierce energy.  Why, then, hath Jayadratha been slain in their midst?  Relying upon me, king Jayadratha had expected his rescue from the hands of Arjuna.  He, however, obtained not the rescue he had expected.  I do not also see my safety for my own self.  Until I succeed in slaying the Panchalas with Sikhandin, I feel like one sinking in the Dhristadyumna-mire.  Having failed, O Bharata, in rescuing the ruler of the Sindhus, why dost thou pierce me thus with thy wordy shafts, seeing that I too am burning with grief?  Thou seest not any longer on the field the gold standards of Bhishma of sure aim, that warrior who was never tired in battle.  How, then, canst thou hope for success?  When the ruler of the Sindhus and Bhurisravas also have been slain in the very midst of so many mighty car-warriors, what do you think, will the end be?  Kripa, difficult of being vanquished, is still alive, O king!  That he hath not followed in the track of Jayadratha, I applaud him highly for this!  When I saw Bhishma himself, that achiever of the most difficult feats (in battle), that warrior who was incapable of being slain in battle by the gods with Vasava at their head, slain in thy sight, O Kaurava, as also of thy younger brother Duhsasana, I thought then, O king, that the Earth hath abandoned thee.  Yonder the troops of the Pandavas and the Srinjayas, united together, are now rushing against me.  For achieving thy good in battle, O son of Dhritarashtra, I will not without slaying all the Panchalas, put off my armour.  O king, go and tell my son Aswatthaman who is present in battle that even at the risk of his life he should not let the Somakas alone.[186] Thou shouldst also tell him, ’Observe all the instructions thou hast received from thy father.  Be firm in acts of humility, in self-restraint, in truth and righteousness.  Observant of religion, profit, and pleasure, without neglecting religion and profit, thou shouldst always accomplish those acts in which religion predominates.  The Brahmanas should always be gratified with presents.  All of them deserve thy worship.  Thou shouldst never do anything that is injurious to them.  They are like flames of fire.  As regards myself, I will penetrate the hostile host, O slayer of foes, for doing great battle, pierced as I am by thee with thy wordy shafts.  If thou canst, O Duryodhana, go and protect those troops.  Both the Kurus and the Srinjayas have been angry.  They will fight even during the night.’  Having said these words, Drona proceeded against the Pandavas and set himself to over-ride the energy of the Kshatriyas like the sun overshadowing the light of the stars.’”

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