Without ascertaining the strength and weakness of
men, never insult any one under any circumstances.
Blessed be thou, and with our leave, go hence, and
never again behave in this way. At our command,
enquire thou always of the Brahmanas as to what is
for thy good! The king then, worshipping the
feet of those two illustrious Rishis, returned to his
city, and from that time began to practise righteousness.
Great indeed, was that feat achieved of old by Nara.
Narayana, again, became superior to Nara in consequence
of many more qualities. Therefore, O king, besides
such weapons as Kakudika, Suka, Naka, Akshisantarjana,
Santana, Nartana, Ghora, and Asyamodaka, are placed
on the string of that best of bows called Gandiva,
go thou unto Dhananjaya, laying aside thy pride Struck
with these weapons, men always yield up their lives.
Indeed, these weapons have other means corresponding
with the eight passions, such as lust, wrath, covetousness,
vanity, insolence, pride, malice, and selfishness.
Struck with them, men are confounded, and move about
frantically deprived of their senses. Under their
influence, persons always sleep heavily, cut capers,
vomit, pass urine and excreta, weep, and laugh incessantly.
Indeed, that Arjuna is irresistible in fight, who
hath for his friend Narayana—the Creator
and Lord of all the worlds—fully acquainted
with the course of everything. Who is there in
the three worlds, O Bharata, who would venture to vanquish
that hero—the Ape-bannered Jishnu—who
hath no equal in battle? Countless are the virtues
that reside in Partha. Janardana again, is superior
to him. Thou art thyself well-acquainted with
Dhananjaya, the son of Kunti. They that were
Nara and Narayana in days of yore are now Arjuna and
Kesava. Know then, O great king, who those brave
and foremost of persons are. If thou believest
in this and dost not mistrust me adopt thou a virtuous
resolution and make peace with the sons of Pandu.
If thou regardest this as thy good, viz
there should be no disunion in thy family, then make
peace, O foremost of Bharata’s race, and do not
set thy heart upon battle. O thou, that are foremost
of Kuru’s line, the race to which thou belongest
is highly regarded on earth. Let that regard continue
to be paid to it. Blessed be thou, think of what
conduces to thy own welfare.’”
“Vaisampayana said, ’Having listened to
the words of Jamadagnya, the illustrious Rishi Kanwa
also said these words unto Duryodhana in that assembly
of the Kurus.’
“Kanwa said, ’Brahman, the Grandsire of
the universe, is indestructible and eternal.
Those illustrious Rishis, Nara and Narayana, are of
the same character. Of all the sons of Aditi,
Vishnu alone is eternal. He alone is unconquerable
and indestructible, existing for ever, the Lord of
all, and the possessor of divine attributes.
All others, such as the sun and the moon, earth and