decked with gold, of brave warriors will be pierced
with straight shafts. And the tops of standards,
and bearded javelins, and bows, and bright lances
of sharp points, and darts bright with gold, and the
standards on the backs of elephants, will all be cut
off by Kiritin in wrath. O son, this is not the
time when dependants should take care of their lives.
Go to battle, keeping heaven before thee, and for
the sake of fame and victory. There, the ape-bannered
(Arjuna) crosseth on his car the river of battle that
is awful and incapable of being easily crossed, and
hath cars, elephants, and steeds, for its eddies.
Regard for Brahmanas, self-restraint, liberality,
asceticism, and noble conduct, are seen in Yudhishthira
alone who hath for his brothers Dhananjaya, and the
mighty Bhimasena, and the twin sons of Madri by Pandu,
and who hath Vasudeva of the Vrishni race for his
protector. The wrath, born of grief, of that
Yudhishthira whose body hath been purified by the flames
of penance, directed to the wicked-souled son of Dhritarashtra,
is consuming this Bharata host. There cometh
Partha, having Vasudeva for his protector, checking
(as he cometh) this entire Dhartarashtra army.
Behold, Kiritin is agitating this host like a large
whale agitating the vast sea of crested waves.
Hark, cries of distress and woe are heard in the van
of the army. Go, encounter the heir of the Panchala
king. As for myself, I will proceed against Yudhishthira.
The heart of king Yudhishthira’s very strong
array is difficult of access. Inaccessible as
the interior of the sea, it is guarded on all sides
by Atirathas. Satyaki, and Abhimanyu and Dhrishtadyumna,
and Vrikodara, and the twins, even these are protecting
that ruler of men, viz
., king Yudhishthira.
Dark as the younger brother of Indra, and risen like
a tall Sala, behold Abhimanyu advancing at the head
of the (Pandava) host, like a second Phalguna!
Take up thy mighty weapons, and with thy large bow
in hand proceed against the royal son of Prishata
(viz., Sikhandin), and against Vrikodara. Who
is there that doth not wish his dear son to live for
many years? Keeping the duties of a Kshatriya,
however, before me, I am engaging thee (to this task).
So Bhishma also, in this battle, is consuming the
mighty host of the Pandavas. O son, he is, in
battle, equal to Yama or Varuna himself.’”
Sanjaya said, “Hearing these words of the high-souled
Drona, Bhagadatta and Kripa and Salya and Kritavarman,
and Vinda and Anuvinda of Avanti, and Jayadratha the
ruler of the Sindhus, and Chitrasena and Vikarna and
Durmarshana and others, these ten warriors of thy army,
supported by a large host consisting of many nationalities,
fought with Bhimasena, desirous of winning high renown
in the battle for Bhishma’s sake. And Salya
struck Bhima with nine arrows, and Kritavarman struck
him with three, and Kripa with nine. And Chitrasena
and Vikarna and Bhagadatta, O sire, each struck him