the merit that is mine in consequence of the sacrifices
I have performed, let all that also be thine.’
After this, Pratardana, that bull among Kshatriyas,
said, ’Ever devoted to virtue as also to war,
the fame that hath here been mine as a Kshatriya,
in consequence of the appellation of hero (by which
I am known),—be that merit thine.
After this, Sivi, the intelligent son of Usinara,
said these sweet words, ’Unto children and women
in jest, danger, or calamity, in distress, or at dice,
I have never spoken a falsehood. By that truth
which I never sacrificed ascend thou to heaven.
I can, O king, give up all objects of desire and enjoyment,
my kingdom, yea, life itself, but truth I cannot give
up. By that truth, ascend thou to heaven; that
truth for which Dharma, that truth for which agni,
that truth for which he of a hundred sacrifices, have
each been gratified with me, by that truth ascend
thou to heaven.’ And lastly, the royal sage
Ashtaka, the offspring of Kusika’s son and Madhavi,
addressing Nahusha’s son Yayati who had performed
many hundreds of sacrifices, said, ’I have,
O lord, performed hundreds of Pundarika, Gosava and
Vajapeya sacrifices. Take thou the merit of these.
Wealth, gems, robes, I have spared nothing for the
performance of sacrifices. By that truth ascend
thou to heaven.’ And that king thereupon
leaving the earth, began to ascend towards heaven,
higher and higher, as those daughter’s sons of
his, one after another, said those words unto him.
And it was thus that those kings by their good acts,
speedily saved Yayati, who had been hurled from heaven.
It was thus that those daughter’s sons born in
four royal lines, those multipliers of their races,
by means of their virtues, sacrifices, and gifts,
caused their wise maternal grandfather to ascend again
to heaven. And those monarchs jointly said, ’Endued
with the attributes of royalty and possessed of every
virtue, we are, O king, thy daughter’s sons!
(By virtue of our good deeds) ascend thou to heaven.’”
“Narada said, ’Sent back to heaven by
those righteous kings, distinguished by the liberality
of their sacrificial presents, Yayati possessed of
daughter’s sons, dismissed them and reached the
celestial regions. Attaining to the eternal region
obtained through the merit of his daughter’s
sons, and adorned by his own deeds, Yayati, bathed
in shower of fragrant flowers and hugged by perfumed
and delicious breezes, blazed forth with great beauty.
And cheerfully, received back into heaven with sounds
of cymbals, he was entertained with songs and dances
by various tribes of Gandharvas and Asuras. And
diverse celestial and royal Rishis and Charanas began
to pay their adorations to him. And deities worshipped
him with an excellent Arghya and delighted him with
other honours. And after he had thus regained
heaven and tranquillity of heart, and had once more
become freed from anxiety, the Grandsire, gratifying