The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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divested of everything unfair.  Then Dhrishtadyumna, exceedingly quick in the use of weapons, beholding those brave and mighty car warriors of thy army checked by the twins (Nakula and Sahadeva), proceeded towards Drona.  Checked by those two lions among men, those four heroic warriors encountered the former like the wind assailing a couple of mountains (standing on their way).  Each of the twins—­those great car-warriors—­was engaged with a couple of arrows against Drona.  Beholding the invincible prince of the Panchalas proceeding against Drona, and those four heroes (of his own army) engaged with the twins, Duryodhana, O monarch, rushed to that spot, scattering showers of blood-drinking arrows.  Seeing this, Satyaki quickly approached the Kuru king.  Those two tigers among men, viz., the two descendants of Kuru and Madhu, approaching each other, became desirous of striking each other in battle.  Recalling to mind their behaviour towards each other in childhood and reflecting with pleasure on the same, they gazed at each other and smiled repeatedly.  ’Then king Duryodhana (mentally), blaming his own conduct, addressed his ever dear friend Satyaki, and said, ’Fie on wrath, O friend, and fie on vindictiveness!  Fie on Kshatriya usage, and fie on might and prowess, since thou aimest thy weapons at me, and I too am aiming at thee, O bull of Sini’s race!  In those days thou wert dearer to me than life itself, and I also was such to thee!  Alas, all those acts of childhood that I remember, of both thyself and mine, became quite insignificant in the field of battle!  Alas, moved by wrath and convetousness, we are here to-day for fighting against each other, O thou of the Satwata race!’ Unto him who said those words, O king, Satyaki, conversant with high weapons, taking up some keen arrows, smilingly replied, ’This is no assembly, O prince, nor the abode of our preceptor, where in former days we sported together.’  Duryodhana answered, ’Where have those sports of our childhood gone, O bull of Sini’s race, and, alas, how has this battle now come upon us?  It seems that the influence of Time is irresistible. (Urged though we are) by desire of wealth, what use, however, have we of wealth that, assembled together, we are now engaged in battle, moved by the avarice of wealth.’

“Sanjaya said, ’Unto king Duryodhana who said so, Satyaki replied, ’This has always been the usage of the Kshatriyas that they have to fight even against their preceptors.  If I am dear to thee, O king, then slay me without any delay.  Through thee, O bull of Bharata’s race, I shall then enter the region of the righteous.  Exhibit, without delay, all thy might and prowess.  I do not desire to witness this great calamity of friends.’  Having replied and reasoned thus, Satyaki, O monarch, fearlessly and in utter disregard of life, quickly advanced against Duryodhana.  Beholding him advance, thy son received him; indeed, O king, thy son poured on him of Sini’s race a perfect shower of arrows. 

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