The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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valour that they had won all their prosperity, and (yet) they were ever dutiful to me.  Though I scrutinized their conduct, I could never find fault with them,—­no, not even a single fault for which we might blame them.  They always act mindful of virtue and wealth; they never give way to love of sensual enjoyments, or cold, or hunger, or thirst; they subdue steep and laziness and wrath and joy and heedlessness.  The sons of Pritha, mindful of both virtue and wealth, are ever pleasant to all.  On proper occasions they part with their wealth to friends.  Friendship with them never loses its ardour on account of length of time; for they bestow honours and wealth on every one according to his deserts.  Not a soul in the race of Ajamida ever entertains hatred for them excepting this vile, capricious, dull-headed Duryodhana, and excepting also the still more mean-minded Karna.  These two always enhance the energy of those high-souled ones who have been divested of both friends and happiness.  Enterprising and brought up in every indulgence, Duryodhana reckons all that to be well-done.  It is childish on Duryodhana’s part to think that it is possible to rob the Pandavas of their just share so long as they are alive.  It is wise to yield to Yudhishthira his due share before the war,—­to him whose steps are followed by Arjuna and Krishna and Bhima and Satyaki and the two sons of Madri and the warriors of the Srinjaya race.  That wielder of the Gandiva, Savyasachin, seated on his car, would alone be able to devastate the whole world.  And likewise the victorious and high-souled Krishna, the lord of the three worlds, incapable of defeat is able to do the same.  What mortal would stand before him who is the one worthiest person in all the worlds and who discharges his multitude of arrows that roar like the clouds, covering all sides, like flights of swiftly-coursing locusts?  Alone on his car, holding the Gandiva, he had conquered the northern regions as also the Kurus of the north and brought away with him all their wealth.  He converted the people of the Dravida land to be a portion of his own army.  It was Falguna, the wielder of the Gandiva, who defeating in the Khandava woods all the gods together with Indra, made offerings to Agni, enhancing the honour and fame of the Pandavas.  Of all wielders again of the mace, there is none equal to Bhima; and there is none also who is so skilful a rider of elephants.  On car, they say, he yields not to even Arjuna; and as to might of arms, he is equal to ten thousand elephants.  Well-trained and active, he who hath again been rendered bitterly hostile, would in anger consume the Dhartarashtras in no time.  Always wrathful, and strong of arms, he is not capable of being subdued in battle by even Indra himself.  Of great heart, and strong, and endued with great lightness of hand, the two (twin) brothers, sons of Madri, carefully trained by Arjuna, would leave not a foe alive, like to a pair of hawks preying upon large flocks of birds.  This our
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