The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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royal sage Yayati.  Fallen am I from heaven in consequence of the expiration of my virtue.  Having desired to fall amongst the righteous, I have fallen amongst you.’  The kings then said, ’O foremost of persons, may that wish of thine, be realized.  Accept thou our virtues and the fruits of all our sacrifices.’  Yayati replied saying, ’I am not a Brahmana competent to accept a gift.  On the other hand, I am a Kshatriya.  Nor is my heart inclined towards lessening the virtues of others.’

“Narada continued, ’About this time, Madhavi, in course of her purposeless wanderings, came there.  Beholding her, those monarchs saluted her and said, ’What object hast thou in coming here?  What command of thine shall we obey?  Thou deservest to command us, for all of us are thy sons, O thou that art endued with wealth of asceticism!’ Hearing these words of theirs, Madhavi was filled with delight and approaching then her father, she reverentially saluted Yayati.  And touching the heads of all her sons, that lady engaged in ascetic austerities said to her father, ’Being my sons these all are thy daughter’s sons, O king of kings.  They are not strangers to thee.  These will save thee.  The practice is not new, its origin extends to antiquity.  I am thy daughter Madhavi, O king, living in the woods after the manner of the deer.  I also have earned virtue.  Take thou a moiety.  And because, O king, all men have a right to enjoy a portion of the merits earned by their offspring, it is for this that they desire to have daughter’s sons.  Even this was the case with thyself, O king (when thou madest me over to Galava).’  At these words of their mother, those monarchs saluted her, and bowing down unto also their maternal grandsire, repeated those very words in a loud, incomparable, and sweet voice, and making, as it were, the whole earth resounded therewith, in order to rescue that maternal grandsire of theirs who had fallen down from heaven.  And at that time Galava also came there, and addressing Yayati, said, ’Accepting an eighth part of my ascetic austerities, ascend thou to heaven again.’”


“Narada said, ’As soon as that bull among men, king Yayati was recognised by those virtuous persons, he rose again to heaven, without having had to touch the surface of the earth.  And he regained his celestial form and had all his anxieties entirely dispelled.  And he rose again, decked with celestial garlands and robes, adorned with celestial ornaments, sprinkled with celestial scents, and furnished with heavenly attributes, and without having been compelled to touch the earth with his feet.  Meanwhile, Vasumanas who was celebrated in the world for his liberality, first addressing the king, uttered these words in a loud voice, ’The merit that I have won on earth by my unblamable conduct towards men of all orders, I give unto thee.  Be it all thine, O king.  The merit that one winneth by liberality and forgiveness,

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