The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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“After Dhritarashtra had said these words, Vidura (casting) his eyes on Duryodhana, addressed that vindictive son of Dhritarashtra, saying, ’O Duryodhana, listen now to these words of mine.  At the gates of Saubha, that foremost of monkeys, known by the name of Dwivida, covered Kesava with a mighty shower of stones.  Desirous of seizing Madhava by putting forth all his prowess and exertion, he did not yet succeed in seizing him.  Seekest thou to apprehend that Kesava by force?  When Sauri went to Pragjyotisha, Naraka with all the Danavas succeeded not in seizing him there.  Seekest thou to seize him by force?  Slaying that Naraka in battle, he brought away (from his city) a thousand damsels and married them all, according to the ordinance.  In the city of Nirmochana, six thousand mighty Asuras failed to seize him with their nooses.  Seekest thou to seize that Kesava by force?  While only a child, he slew Putana and two Asuras assuming the shape of birds, and O bull of Bharata’s race, he held up the mountains of Govardhana (on his little finger) for protecting the kine (from a continuous rain).  He hath also slain Aristha, and Dhenuka and Chanura of great strength, and Aswaraja, and Kansa, the doer of evil.  He hath slain Jarasandha, and Vakra, and Sisupala of mighty energy, and Vana in battle, and numerous other kings also have been slain by him.  Of immeasurable might, he vanquished king Varuna and also Pavaka (Agni), and on the occasion of bringing (down from the celestial regions) the (heavenly flower called) Parijata, he defeated the lord of Sachi himself.  While floating on the vast deep, he slew Madhu and Kaitabha, and in another birth he slew Hayagriva (Horse-necked).  He is the maker of everything but is himself made by none.  He is the Cause of all power.  Whatever Sauri wisheth, he accomplisheth without any effort.  Knowest thou not sinless Govinda, of terrible prowess and incapable of deterioration?  This one, resembling an angry snake of virulent poison, is the never-ending source of energy.  In seeking to use violence towards Krishna, endued with mighty arms and unwearied by exertion, thou wilt, with all thy followers, perish like an insect failing into fire.’”


“Vaisampayana said, ’After Vidura had said this, Kesava, that slayer of hostile divisions, endued with great energy, addressed Dhritarashtra’s son, Duryodhana, and said, ’From delusion, O Suyodhana, thou regardest me to be alone, and it is for this, O thou of little understanding, that thou seekest to make me a captive after vanquishing me by violence.  Here, however, are all the Pandavas and all the Vrishnis and Andhakas.  Here are all the Adityas, the Rudras, and the Vasus, with all the great Rishis.  Saying this Kesava, that slayer of hostile heroes burst out into a loud laughter.  And as the high-souled Sauri laughed, from his body, that resembled a blazing fire, issued myriads of gods,

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