The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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“Bhima said, ’Fie on the might of my arms and fie on the Gandiva of Falguni, inasmuch as thy hands, red before, now become covered with corns.  I would have caused a carnage in Virata’s court but for the fact that Kunti’s son eyed me (by way of forbidding it), or like a mighty elephant.  I would, without ado, have crushed the head of Kichaka intoxicated with the pride of sovereignty.  When, O Krishna, I beheld thee kicked by Kichaka, I conceived at that instant a wholesale slaughter of the Matsyas.  Yudhishthira, however, forbade me by a glance, and, O beauteous lady, understanding his intention I have kept quiet.  That we have been deprived of our kingdom, that I have not yet slain the Kurus, that I have not yet taken the heads of Suyodhana and Karna, and Suvala’s son Sakuni, and the wicked Duhsasana, these acts and omissions, O lady, are consuming every limb of mine.  The thought of those abides in my heart like a javelin implanted in it.  O thou of graceful hips, do not sacrifice virtue, and, O noble-hearted lady, subdue thy wrath.  If king Yudhishthira hear from thee such rebukes, he will surely put an end to his life.  If also Dhananjaya and the twins hear thee speak thus, even they will renounce life.  And if these, O slender-waisted maiden, give up life.  I also shall not be able to bear my own.  In olden days Sarjati’s daughter, the beautiful Sukanya, followed into the forest Chyavana of Bhrigu’s race, whose mind was under complete control, and over whom, while engaged in ascetic meditation, the ants had built a hill.  Thou mayst have heard that Indrasena also who in beauty was like unto Narayani herself, followed her husband aged a thousand years.  Thou mayst have heard that Janaka’s daughter Sita, the princess of Videha, followed her lord while living in dense woods.  And that lady of graceful hips, Rama’s beloved wife, afflicted with calamities and persecuted by the Rakshasas, at length regained the company of Rama.  Lopamudra also, O timid one, endued with youth and beauty, followed Agastya, renouncing all the objects of enjoyment unattainable by men.  And the intelligent and faultless Savitri also followed the heroic Satyavan, the son of Dyumatsena, alone into the world of Yama.  Even like these chaste and beautiful ladies that I have named, thou, O blessed girl, bloomest with every virtue.  Do thou spend a short while more that is measured by even a half month.  And when the thirteenth year is complete, thou wilt (again) become the Queen regnant of a king.’  Hearing these words, Draupadi said, ’Unable, O Bhima, to bear my griefs, it is from grief alone that I have shed these tears.  I do not censure Yudhishthira.  Nor is there any use in dwelling on the past.  O Bhima of mighty strength, come quickly forward to the work of the hour.  O Bhima, Kaikeyi, jealous of my beauty, always pains me by her endeavours to prevent the king from taking a fancy to me.  And understanding this disposition of hers, the wicked-souled Kichaka of immoral ways constantly solicits me himself. 

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