The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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me up (on his car) by violence!  Slay that Bhishma, O thou of mighty arms, for whose sake, O tiger of Bhrigu’s race, overwhelmed with such distress, I suffer such poignant misery!  Bhishma, O thou of Bhrigu’s race, is covetous, and mean, and proud of his victory.  Therefore, O sinless one, thou shouldst give him his deserts.  While, of lord, I was being abducted by him, even this was the desire that I cherished in my heart, viz., that I should cause that hero of great vows to be slain.  Therefore, O sinless Rama, gratify this desire of mine!  O thou of mighty arms, slay Bhishma, even as Purandara slew Vritra.’”


“Bhishma said, ’O lord, repeatedly urged by that maiden to slay Bhishma, Rama replied unto that weeping girl, saying, ’O daughter of Kasi, O thou of the fairest complexion, I do not, on any account, take up arms now except for the sake of those that are conversant with the Vedas.  Tell me, therefore, what else I can do for thee?  Both Bhishma and Salwa are, O princess, exceedingly obedient to me.  Do not grieve, I will accomplish thy object.  I will not, however, O beautiful lady, take up arms, except at the command of Brahmanas.  This hath been my rule of conduct.’

“Amva said, ’My misery, O holy one, should by any means be dispelled by thee.  That misery of mine hath been caused by Bhishma.  Slay him, therefore, O lord, without much delay.’

“Rama said, ’O daughter of Kasi, say but the word and Bhishma, however, deserving of reverence from thee, will, at my word, take up thy feet on his head!’

“Amva said, ’O Rama, slay in battle that Bhishma who roareth like an Asura.  Indeed, summoned to the encounter (by him), slay him, O Rama, if thou wishest (to do) what is agreeable to me.  It behoveth thee, besides, to make thy promise true.’

“Bhishma continued, ’While, O king, Rama and Amva were talking thus with each other, the Rishi (Akritavrana) of highly virtuous soul said these words, ’It behoveth thee not, O mighty-armed one, to desert this girl that seeketh thy protection!  If summoned to battle, Bhishma cometh to the encounter and sayeth—­I am vanquished, or, if he obeyeth thy words, then that which this maiden seeketh will be accomplished, O son of Bhrigu’s race, and the words spoken by thee, O hero, will also, O lord, be true!  This also was, O great Muni, the vow then made by thee, O Rama,—­the vow made by thee before Brahmanas after thou hadst conquered all the Kshatriyas, viz., that thou wouldst slay in battle the person, be he a Brahmana, a Kshatriya, a Vaisya, or a Sudra, who would be a foe to the Brahmanas.  Thou hadst further promised that as long as thou wouldst live thou wouldst not abandon those that would come to thee in fright and seek thy protection, and that thou wouldst, O Bhargava, slay that proud warrior who would vanquish in battle all the assembled Kshatriyas of the earth!  O Ram, even Bhishma, that perpetuator of Kuru’s race, hath achieved such success (over all the Kshatriyas)!  Approaching him, O son of Bhrigu’s race, encounter him now in battle!’

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