The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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forth thy prowess even at the risk of thy life.  Like a hawk that fearlessly rangeth the sky, do thou also wander fearlessly or put forth thy prowess, or silently watch thy foes for an opportunity.  Why dost thou lie down like a carcass or like one smitten by thunder?  Rise, O coward, do not slumber after having been vanquished by the foe.  Do not disappear from the sight of all so miserably.  Make thyself known by thy deeds.  Never occupy the intermediate, the low, or the lowest station.  Blaze up (like a well-fed fire).  Like a brand of Tinduka wood, blaze up even for a moment, but never smoulder from desire, like a flameless fire of paddy chaff.  It is better to blaze up for a moment than smoke for ever and ever.  Let no son be born in a royal race, who is either exceedingly fierce or exceedingly mild.  Repairing to the field of battle and achieving every great feat that is possible for man to achieve, a brave man is freed from the debt he oweth to the duties of the Kshatriya order.  Such a person never disgraceth his own self.  Whether he gaineth his object or not, he that is possessed of sense never indulgeth in grief.  On the other hand, such a person accomplisheth what should be next done, without caring for even his life.  Therefore, O son, display thy prowess, or obtain that end which is inevitable.  Why, Indeed, dost thou live, disregarding the duties of thy order?  All thy religious rites, O eunuch, and all thy achievements are gone.  The every root of all thy enjoyments is cut off.  What for then dost thou live?  If fall and sink one must, he should seize the foe by the hips (and thus fall with the foe).  Even if one’s roots are cut off, he should not yet give way to despair.  Horse of high mettle put forth all their prowess for dragging or bearing heavy weights.  Remembering their behaviour, muster, all thy strength and sense of honour.  Know also in what thy manliness consists.  Exert thyself in raising that race which hath sunk, in consequence of thee.  He that hath not achieved a great feat forming the subject of men’s conversation, only increaseth the number of population.  He is neither man nor woman.  He whose fame is not founded in respect of charity, asceticism, truth, learning and acquisition of wealth, is only his mother’s excreta.  On the other hand, he that surpasseth others in learning, asceticism, wealth, prowess, and deeds, is (truly) a man.  It behoveth thee not to adopt the idle, wretched, infamous, and miserable profession of mendicancy that is worthy only of a coward.  Friends never derive any happiness on obtaining that weak person for a friend, at whose sight foes are delighted, who is despised by men, who is without seats and robes, who is gratified with small acquisitions, who is destitute, and who hath no courage, and is low.  Alas, exiled from our kingdom, driven from home, deprived of all means of enjoyment and pleasure, and destitute, of resources, we shall have to perish from want of the very means of life!  Misbehaving in the midst of those that
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