The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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“Sanjaya continued,—­’Having uttered these words, Arjuna began to stretch Gandiva with both his arms.  Transcending Arjuna’s voice the sound of that bow rose and touched the very heavens.  After Arjuna had taken that oath, Janarddana, filled with wrath, blew his conch, Panchajanya.  And Phalguna blew Devadatta.  The great conch Panchajanya, well filled with the wind from Krishna’s mouth, produced a loud blare.  And that blare made the regents of the cardinal and the subsidiary points, the nether regions, and the whole universe, to shake, as it happens at the end of the Yuga.  Indeed after the high-souled Arjuna had taken the oath, the sound of thousands of musical instruments and loud leonine roars arose from the Pandava camp.

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“Sanjaya said, ’When the spies (of Duryodhana), having heard that loud uproar made by the Pandavas desirous of victory, informed (their masters of the cause), Jayadratha, overwhelmed with sorrow, and with heart stupefied with grief, and like one sinking in a fathomless ocean of distress, slowly rose up and having reflected for a long while, proceeded to the assembly of the kings.  Reflecting for a while in the presence of those gods among men, Jayadratha, in fear of Abhimanyu’s father and covered with shame, said these words—­He who in Pandu’s soil was begotten by Indra under the influence of desire, that wicked wretch is thinking of despatching me to the abode of Yama!  Blessed be ye, I shall, therefore go back to my home from desire of life!  Or, ye bulls among Kshatriyas, protect me by the force of your weapons!  Partha seeks to slay me, ye heroes, render me fearless!  Drona and Duryodhana and Kripa, and Karna, and the ruler of the Madras, and Valhika, and Dussasana and others, are capable of protecting a person who is afflicted by Yama himself.  When however, I am threatened by Phalguna alone, will not all these the lords of earth, will not all of you, joined together, be able to protect me?  Having heard the shouts of joy of the Pandavas, great hath been my fear.  My limbs, ye lords of earth, have become powerless like those of a person on the point of death?  Without doubt, the wielder of Gandiva hath sworn for my death!  It is for this that the Pandavas are shouting in joy at a time when they should weep!  Let alone the rulers of men, the very gods and Gandharvas, the Asuras, the Uragas, and the Rakshasas, cannot venture to baffle a vow of Arjuna.  Therefore, ye bulls among men, blessed be ye, give me permission (to leave the Kuru camp).  I want to make myself scarce.  The Pandavas will no longer be able to find me!  While indulging in such lamentations, with heart agitated by fear, king Duryodhana, always looking upon the accomplishment of his own business to be preferable to everything else, said unto him these words-Do not fear, O tiger among men!  O bull among men, who will seek to encounter thee in battle when thou will remain in

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