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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 1,984 pages of information about The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2.
that they may collect an army for us.  Let speedy messengers go to Salya, and Dhrishtaketu, and Jayatsena, and the prince of the Kekayas.  Duryodhana also, on his part, will send word to all the kings, Rightminded persons, however, respond to the request of those that first beseech them.  Therefore, I ask you to make haste in first preferring your suit to these rulers of men.  Meseems that a great undertaking is awaiting us.  Quickly send word to Salya, and to the kings under him, and to king Bhagadatta of immeasurable valour residing on the eastern sea-coast, and to fierce Hardikya, and Ahuka, and the king of the Mallas of powerful understanding, and Rochamana.  Let Vrihanta be summoned and king Senavindu, and Vahlika and Mudjakesa and the ruler of the Chedis, and Suparsva, Suvahu; and that great hero, Paurava; and also the kings of the Sakas, the Pahlavas, and the Daradas, and Surari, and Nadija, and king Karnavest, and Nila, and the valiant king Viradharman; and Durjaya, and Dantavakra, and Rukmi, and Janamejaya; and Ashada and Vayuvega, and king Purvapali; and Bhuritejas, and Devaka, and Ekalaya with his sons; and also the kings of the Krausha race, and the valiant Kshemamurti, and the kings of the Kamboja and the Richika tribes, and of the western sea-coast; and Jayatsena and the king of Kashi, and the rulers of the land of the five rivers, and the proud son of Kratha, and the rulers of the mountain regions, and Janaki, and Susarman and Maniman, and Potimatsyaka, and the valiant Dhrishtaketu, and the ruler of the kingdom of Pansu; and Paundra, and Dandadhara, and the brave Vrihatsena; and Aparajita, and Nishada and Srenimat and Vasumat; and Vrihadvala of great strength, and Vahu the conqueror of hostile cities; and the warlike king Samudrasena with his son; and Uddhava, and Kshemaka and king Vatadhana; and Srutayus, and Dridhayus, and the gallant son of Salwa; and the king of the Kalingas, and Kumara, unconquerable in battle.  Speedily send word to these.  This is what recommends itself to me.  And let this my priest, learned Brahmana, be sent, O king, to Dhritarashtra.  Tell him the words he is to say and what Duryodhana should be told; and how Bhishma is to be addressed, and how Drona, that best of car-warriors!”

SECTION V

“Krishna said, ’These worlds are worthy of the chief of the Somaka tribe, and are calculated to promote the interests of Pandu’s son of immeasurable strength.  As we are desirous of adopting a politic course, this is, no doubt, our first duty; a man acting otherwise would be a great fool.  But our relationship to both the Kurus and the Pandus is equal, howsoever these two parties may behave with each other.  Both you and we have been invited here on the occasion of a marriage.  The marriage having now been celebrated, let us go home well-pleased.  You are the foremost of kings, both in years and learning; and here we all, no doubt are as if your pupils.  Dhritarashtra

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