The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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The unspeakable darkness that had hidden everything quickly fled away.  When the world was thus illuminated into almost daylight by the moon, amongst the creatures that wander at night, some continued to roam about and some abstained.  That host, O king, awakened by the rays of the sun.  Indeed, that sea of troops was awakened by the rays of the moon bloomed (into life) like an assemblage of lotuses expanded by the rays of the sun.  Indeed, that sea of troops was awakened by the risen moon like the ocean swelling up in agitated surges at the rise of that luminary.  Then, O king, the battle once more commenced on earth, for the destruction of the earth’s population, between men that desired to attain to heaven.’”


“Sanjaya said, ’At this time Duryodhana, under the influence of wrath, approached Drona and addressing him said these words, for inspiring him with joy and provoking his anger.’

“Duryodhana said, ’No mercy should have been shown to our foes while they were heartless and worn out with toil and taking rest, especially when they are all of sure aim.  Desirous of doing what is agreeable to thee, we showed them kindness by then letting them alone.  The tired Pandavas, however (having taken rest), have become stronger.  As regards ourselves, we are, in every respect, losing in energy and strength.  The Pandavas, protected by thee, are constantly gaining prosperity.  All weapons that are celestial and all those that appertain to Brahma exist in thee.  I tell thee truly, that neither the Pandavas, nor ourselves, nor any other bowmen in the world, can be a match for thee while thou art engaged in battle.  O foremost of regenerate ones, thou art acquainted with all weapons.  Without doubt, by means of thy celestial weapons thou art capable of destroying the (three) worlds with the gods, the Asuras, and the Gandharvas.  The Pandavas are all afraid of thee.  Thou, however, forgivest them, remembering that they were thy pupils, or, perhaps, owing to my ill luck.’

“Sanjaya continued, ’Thus rebuked and angered by thy son, Drona, O king, wrathfully addressed Duryodhana and said these words:  ’Although I am so old, O Duryodhana, I am still exerting myself in battle to the utmost extent of might.  All these men are unacquainted with weapons.  I am, however, well-versed in them.  If, from desire of victory, I slay these men, there can be no more ignoble act for me to do.  That, however, which is in thy mind, be it good or bad, I will accomplish, O Kaurava, at thy command.  It will not be otherwise.  Putting forth my prowess in battle and slaying all the Panchalas, I will doff my armour, O king!  I swear this to thee truly.  Thou thinkest that Arjuna, the son of Kunti, was worn out in battle.  O mighty-armed Kaurava!  Listen to what I truly say regarding his prowess.  If Savyasachin’s wrath is excited, neither Gandharvas, nor Yakshas nor Rakshasas can venture to bear him.  At Khandavas,

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