The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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Indeed, our army is being dispersed like a risen mass of clouds dispersed by the wind.  Encountering Arjuna, our host breaks like a boat on the ocean.  The loud wails, O king, of the foremost of warriors, O monarch, flying away from the field, or falling down in consequence of the arrows sped from Gandiva, are being heard.  Hear, O tiger among car-warriors, the sound of drums and cymbals near Arjuna’s car at dead of night, resembling the deep roll of thunder in the welkin.  Hear also the loud wails (of afflicted combatants) and the tremendous leonine shouts, and diverse other noises in the vicinity of Arjuna’s car.  Here, however, this Satyaki, this foremost one of the Satwata race, stayeth amid us.  If this object of our aim can be struck down, we can then vanquish all our foes.  Similarly, the son of the Panchala king is engaged with Drona.  He is encompassed on all sides by many heroic and foremost of car-warriors.  If we can slay Satyaki and Dhrishtadyumna, the son of Prishata without doubt, O king, victory will be ours.  Surrounding these two heroes, these two mighty car-warriors, as we did the son of Subhadra we will strive, O king, to slay them, viz., this son of Vrishni’s race and this son of Prishata.  Savyasachin, O Bharata, is before us, coming towards this division of Drona, knowing that Satyaki is engaged here with many chief among the Kurus.  Let a large number of our foremost of car-warriors proceed thither, so that Partha may not be able to come to the rescue of Satyaki, now encompassed by many.  Let these great heroes speedily shoot clouds of shafts with great force, so that Satyaki of Madhu’s race may by speedily despatched to Yama’s abode.’  Ascertaining this to be the opinion of Karna, thy son, addressing Suvala’s son in the battle, like the illustrious Indra addressing Vishnu, said these words, Surrounded by ten thousand unretreating elephants and ten thousand cars also, proceed against Dhananjaya!  Duhsasana and Durvishaha and Suvahu and Dushpradharshana—­these will follow thee, surrounded by a large number of foot-soldiers.  O uncle, slay those great bowmen, viz., the two Krishnas, and Yudhishtira, and Nakula, and Sahadeva, and Bhima, the son of Pandu My hope of victory resteth on thee, like that of the gods on their chief Indra.  O uncle, slay the son of Kunti, like (Kartikeya) slaying the Asuras.’  Thus addressed and urged by thy son, Sakuni, clad in mail, proceeded against the Parthas, accompanied by a large force as also by thy sons, in order to consume the sons of Pandu.  Then commenced a great battle between the warriors of thy army and the foe.  When Suvala’s son, O king, (thus) proceeded against the Pandavas, the Suta’s son, accompanied by a large force, quickly advanced against Satyaki, shooting many hundreds of shafts.  Indeed, thy warriors, combining together, encompassed Satyaki.  Then Bharadwaja’s son, proceeding against the car of Dhrishtadyumna, fought a wonderful and fierce battle at dead of night, O bull of Bharata’s race, with the brave Dhrishtadyumna and the Panchalas.’”

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