The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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needed for his other sacrifices, he gave away unto the Rishis, including Karukas[112] and water-pots and plates and beds and carpets and vehicles, and mansions and houses, and diverse kinds of trees, and various kinds of viands.  Whatever utensils and articles Rantideva possessed were of gold.  They that are acquainted with the history of ancient times seeing the superhuman affluence of Rantideva, sing this song, viz., ’We have not seen such accumulated treasures even in the abode of Kuvera; what need be said, therefore, of human beings?’ And people wonderingly said, Without doubt, the kingdom of Rantideva is made of gold.[113] On such nights, when guests were assembled in the abode of Rantideva, one and twenty thousand kine were sacrificed (for feeding them).  And yet the royal cook adorned with begemmed ear-rings, had to cry out, saying, ’Eat as much soup as you like, for, of meat, there is not as much today as in other days.  Whatever gold was left belonging to Rantideva, he gave even that remnant away unto the Brahmanas during the progress of one of his sacrifices.  In his very sight the gods used to take the libations of clarified butter poured into the fire for them, and the Pitris the food that was offered to them, in Sraddhas.  And all superior Brahmanas used to obtain from him (the means of gratifying) all their desires.  When he died, O Srinjaya, who was superior to thee in respect of the four cardinal virtues and who, superior to thee was, therefore, much superior to thy son, thou shouldst not, saying, ‘Oh, Swaitya, Oh, Swaitya,’ grieve for the latter who performed no sacrifice and made no sacrificial present.’”


“Narada said, ’Dushmanta’s son, Bharata, O Srinjaya, we hear, fell a prey to death.  While only a child (living) in the forest, he achieved feats incapable of being achieved by others.  Endued with great strength, he speedily deprived the very lions, white as snow and armed with teeth and claws, of all their prowess, and dragged them and bound them (at his pleasure).  He used to check tigers also, that were fiercer and more ruthless (than lions), and bring them to subjection.  Seizing other beasts of prey possessed of great might, and even huge elephants, dyed with red arsenic and spotted with other liquid minerals by their teeth and tusks, he used to bring them to subjection, causing their mouths to become dry, or obliging them to fly away.  Possessed of great might, he used also to drag the mightiest of buffaloes.  And in consequence of his strength, he checked proud lions by hundreds, and powerful Srimaras and horned rhinoceroses and other animals.  Binding them by their necks and crushing them to an inch of their lives, he used to let them go.  For those feats of his the regenerate ascetics (with whom he lived) came to call him Sarvadamana (the controller of all).  His mother, at last, forbade him from torturing animals in that way.  Endued with great

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