The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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as he was with thy energy, aided by that knowledge of weapons which he derived from thee, that child then penetrated unto that array, like Garuda penetrating into the ocean.  As regards ourselves, we followed that hero, that son of Subhadra, desirous in that battle, of penetrating (into the Dhritarashtra army) by the same path by which Abhimanyu had entered it.  Then, O sire, the wretched king of the Sindhus, viz., Jayadratha, in consequence of the boon granted to him by Rudra, checked all of us!  Then Drona, Kripa and Karna and Drona’s son, and the king of the Kosalas, and Kritavarman, these six car-warriors surrounded the son of Subhadra.  Having surrounded that child all those great car-warriors—­too many for him although he was contending to the utmost of his power, deprived him of his car.  After he had been deprived of his car, Dussasana’s son, though he himself had a hair-breadth escape, succeeded, as chance would have it, in making Abhimanyu, meet with his end.  As regards Abhimanyu, he, having slain many thousands of men and steeds and elephants, and eight thousand cars, and once more nine hundred elephants, two thousand princes, and a large number of heroic warriors unknown to fame, and despatching in that battle king Vrihadvala also to heaven, at last, through ill luck, met with his own death.  Thus hath occurred this event that so enhances our grief!  That tiger among men hath even thus ascended to heaven!  Hearing these words uttered by king Yudhishthira, Arjuna, saying—­Oh son!—­and breathing a deep sigh, fell down on the earth in great pain.  Then all the warriors of the Pandavas, surrounding Dhananjaya with cheerless faces began, filled with grief, to look at one another with winkless eyes.  Recovering consciousness then, Vasava’s son became furious with rage.  He seemed to be in a feverish tremor, and sighed frequently.  Squeezing his hands, drawing deep breaths, with eyes bathed in tears, and casting his glances like a mad man, he said these words.’

“Arjuna said,—–­’Truly do I swear that tomorrow I will slay Jayadratha!  If from fear of death, he doth not forsake the Dhritarashtras, or implore our protection, or the protection of Krishna that foremost of men or of thine, O king, I shall assuredly slay him tomorrow!  Forgetting his friendship for me, engaged in doing what is agreeable to Dhritarashtra’s son, that wretch is the cause of the child’s slaughter!  Tomorrow I will slay him!  Whoever they may be that will encounter me in battle tomorrow for protecting him, be it Drona, or Kripa, O king, I will cover them all with my arrow!  Ye bulls among men, if I do not achieve even this in (tomorrow’s) battle, let me not attain the region., reserved for the righteous, ye foremost of heroes!  Those regions that are for them that slay their mothers, or for them that slay their fathers, or them that violate their preceptor’s beds, or them that are vile and wicked, or them that cherish envy against the righteous, or them that speak ill of others or them

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