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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.
monarchs, I will leave no remnant of those that come to the field of battle.  I will rest, having done all this.  Even this is my chief and decided resolve.  Tell them this, O son of Gavalgana.  Look at the folly of Duryodhana!  O Suta, they that are invincible in battle even if encountered with the aid of the very gods headed by Indra,—­even against them that son of Dhritarashtra thinketh of warring!  But so let it be even as the aged Bhishma, the son of Santanu, and Kripa, and Drona with his son, and Vidura endued with great wisdom, are saying, ’May the Kauravas all live long!”

SECTION XLIX

“Vaisampayana said, ’In the midst, O Bharata, of all those assembled kings, Bhishma, the son of Santanu, then said these words unto Duryodhana, ’Once on a time, Vrihaspati and Sakra went to Brahma.  The Maruts also with Indra, the Vasus with Agni, the Adityas, the Sadhyas, the seven celestial Rishis, the Gandharvas, Viswavasu, and the beautiful tribes of the Apsaras, all approached the ancient Grandsire.  And having bowed down unto the Lord of the universe, all those dwellers of heaven sat around him.  Just then, the two ancient deities, the Rishis Nara and Narayana, as if drawing unto themselves by their own energy the minds and energies of all who were present there, left the place.’  Thereupon, Vrihaspati asked Brahma, saying,—­Who are these two that leave the place without worshipping thee?  Tell us, O Grandsire, who are they?  Thus asked, Brahma said, ’These two, endued with ascetic merit, blazing with effulgence and beauty, illuminating both the earth and the heaven, possessed of great might, and pervading and surpassing all, are Nara and Narayana, dwelling now in the region of Brahman having arrived from the other world.  Endued with great might and prowess, they shine in consequence of their own asceticism.  By their acts they always contribute to the joy of the world.  Worshipped by the gods and the Gandharvas, they exist only for the destruction of Asuras.’

“Bhishma continued, ’Having heard these words, Sakra went to the spot where those two were practising ascetic austerities, accompanied by all the celestials and having Vrihaspati at their head.  At that time, the dwellers of heaven had been very much alarmed in consequence of a war raging between themselves and the Asuras.  And Indra asked that illustrious couple to grant him a boon.  Thus solicited, O best of the Bharata race, those two said,—­Name thou the boon.—­Upon this Sakra said unto them,—­Give us your aid.—­They then said unto Sakra,—­We will do what thou wishest.  And then it was with their aid that Sakra subsequently vanquished the Daityas and the Danavas.  The chastiser of foes, Nara, slew in battle hundreds and thousands of Indra’s foes among the Paulomas and the Kalakhanjas.  It was this Arjuna, who, riding on a whirling car, severed in battle, with a broad-headed arrow, the head of the Asura Jambha

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