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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 1,984 pages of information about The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2.
the Pandava camp, surrounded by an Akshauhini of troops.  And Rukmi entered that vast army, under a standard effulgent as the sun, and made himself known to the Pandavas, from desire of doing what was agreeable to Vasudeva.  King Yudhishthira, advancing a few steps, offered him worship.  And duly worshipped and eulogised by the Pandavas, Rukmi saluted them in return and rested for a while with his troops.  And addressing Dhananjaya, the son of Kunti in the midst of the heroes there assembled, he said, ’If, O son of Pandu, thou art afraid, I am here to render thee assistance in the battle.  The assistance I will give thee will be unbearable by thy foes.  There is no man in this world who is equal to me in prowess.  I will slay those foes of thine whom thou, O son of Pandu, wilt assign to me.  I will slay one of those heroes, viz., Drona and Kripa, and Bhishma, and Karna.  Or, let all these kings of the earth stand aside.  Slaying in battle thy foes myself, I will give thee Earth.’  And he said this in the presence of king Yudhishthira the Just and of Kesava and in the hearing of the (assembled) monarchs and all others (in the camp).  Then casting his eyes on Vasudeva and Pandu’s son king Yudhishthira the Just, Dhananjaya the intelligent son of Kunti smilingly but in a friendly voice said these words, ’Born in the race of Kuru, being especially the son of Pandu, naming Drona as my preceptor, having Vasudeva for my ally, and bearing, besides the bow called Gandiva, how can I say that I am afraid?  O hero, when on the occasion of the tale ’of cattle, I fought with the mighty Gandharvas, who was there to assist me?  In that terrific encounter also with the Gods and Danavas banded together in great numbers at Khandava, who was my ally when I fought?  When, again, I fought with the Nivatakavachas and with those other Danavas called Kalakeyas, who was my ally?  When, again, at Virata’s city I fought with the numberless Kurus, who was my ally in that battle?  Having paid my respects, for battle’s sake, to Rudra, Sakra, Vaisravana, Yama, Varuna, Pavaka, Kripa, Drona, and Madhava, and wielding that tough celestial bow of great energy called Gandiva, and accoutred with inexhaustible arrows and armed with celestial weapons, how can a person like me, O tiger among men, say, even unto Indra armed with the thunderbolt, such words as I am afraid!—­words that rob one of all his fame?  O thou of mighty arms, I am not afraid, nor have I any need of thy assistance.  Go therefore, or stay, as it pleaseth or suiteth thee.’  Hearing these words of Arjuna, Rukmi taking away with him his army vast as the sea, repaired then, O bull of Bharata’s race, to Duryodhana.  And king Rukmi, repairing thither, said the same words unto Duryodhana.  But that king proud of his bravery, rejected him in the same way.

’Thus, O king, two persons withdrew from the battle, viz., Rohini’s son (Rama) of Vrishni’s race and king Rukmi.  And after Rama had set out on his pilgrimage to the tirthas, and Bhishmaka’s son Rukmi had departed thus, the sons of Pandu once more sat down for consulting with one another.  And that conclave presided over by king Yudhishthira the Just, abounding with numerous monarchs, blazed forth like the firmament bespangled with lesser luminaries with the moon in their midst.’”

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