The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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Garuda with Galava on his back took his departure.  But they failed to find the kind of steeds they were in search of.  And it so happened that Viswamitra met Galava on the way.  And thereupon, that foremost of speakers addressed Galava in the presence of Vinata’s son and said, ’O regenerate one, the time is already come when thou shouldst give me the wealth thou hadst promised me of thy own accord.  I do not know what thou mayst.  I have waited so long.  I will wait for some time more.  Seek thou the way by which thou mayst succeed (in the matter of thy promise).’  Hearing these words, Garuda addressed cheerless Galava who was overwhelmed with sorrow, saying, ’What Viswamitra said unto thee before hath now been repeated in my presence.  Come, therefore, O Galava, best of Brahmanas, we will deliberate on the matter.  Without giving thy preceptor the whole of the wealth (promised by thee), thou canst not even sit down.’

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“Narada said, ’Garuda then, that foremost of winged beings, addressed the cheerless Galava and said, ’Because it is created by Agni, in the bowels of the earth and augmented by Vayu, and because also the earth itself is said to be Hiranmaya, therefore, is wealth called Hiranya.  And because wealth supports the world and sustains life, therefore, is it called Dhana.  It is for serving these ends that Dhana (wealth) exists from the beginning in the three worlds.  On that Friday, when either of the two constellations—­the Purvabhadra or the Uttarabhadra—­is ascendant, Agni, creating wealth by a fiat of his will, bestoweth it on mankind for the increase of Kuvera’s stock.  The wealth that is embowelled in the Earth is guarded by the deities called the Ajaikapats and the Ahivradnas, and also by Kuvera.  Exceedingly difficult of attainment, that wealth, therefore, O bull among Brahmanas, is rarely attained.  Without wealth there is no chance of thy acquisition of the promised steeds.  Beg thou, therefore, of some king born in the race of some royal sage, who may, without oppressing his subjects, crown our suit with success.  There is a king born in the lunar race, that is my friend.  We shall go to him, for he, amongst all on Earth, hath great wealth.  That royal sage is known by the name of Yayati, and he is the son of Nahusha.  His prowess is incapable of being baffled.  Solicited by thee in person, and urged by me, he will give what we seek, for he hath immense wealth, equal unto what belongeth to Kuvera, the lord of treasures.  Even thus, by accepting a gift, O learned one, pay off thy debt to thy preceptor.’  Talking thus, and thinking upon what was best to be done, Garuda and Galava together went to king Yayati, who was then in his capital called Pratisthana.  The king received them hospitably and gave them excellent Arghya and water to wash their feet.  And the king then asked them the cause of their advent.  And thereupon Garuda answered, saying, ’O son of Nahusha, this

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