the protectors of the ruler of the Sindhus, yet, O
slayer of Madhu, shalt thou behold Jayadratha slain
by me tomorrow in battle with my arrows! O Krishna,
I swear by Truth, I touch my weapons (and swear by
them), that I shall, O Kesava, at the very outset,
encounter that Drona, that mighty bowman, who hath
become the protector of that sinful wretch Jayadratha!
Suyodhana thinks that this game (of battle) resteth
on Drona! Therefore, piercing through the very
van commanded by Drona himself, I shall get at Jayadratha!
Thou shalt tomorrow behold the mightiest of bowmen
riven by me in battle by means of my shafts endued
with fierce energy, like summits of a hill riven by
the thunder, Blood shall flow (in torrents) from the
breasts of fallen men and elephants and steeds, split
open by whetted shafts failing fast upon them!
The shafts shot from Gandiva, fleet as the mind or
the wind, will deprive thousands of men and elephants
and steeds of life! Men will behold in tomorrow’s
battle those weapons which I have obtained from Yama
and Kaurva and Varuna and Indra and Rudra! Thou
shalt behold in tomorrow’s battle the weapons
of all those who come to protect the ruler of the
Sindhus, baffled by me with my Brahma weapon!
Thou shalt in tomorrow’s battle, O Kesava, behold
the earth strewn by me with the heads of kings cut
off by the force, of my shafts! (Tomorrow) I shall
gratify all cannibals, rout the foe, gladden my friends,
and crush the ruler of the Sindhus! A great offender,
one who hath not acted like a relative, born in a
sinful country, the ruler of the Sindhu, slain by me,
will sadden his own. Thou shalt behold that ruler
of the Sindhus, of sinful behaviour, and brought up
in every luxury, pierced by me with my shafts!
On the morrow, O Krishana, I shall do that which shall
make Suyodhana think that there is no other bowman
in the world who is equal to me! My Gandiva is
a celestial bow! I myself am the warrior.
O bull among men! Thou, O Hrishikesa, art the
charioteer! What is that I will not be able to
vanquish? Through thy grace, O holy one, what
is there unattainable by me in battle? Knowing
my prowess to be incapable of being resisted, why,
O Hrishikesa, dost thou, yet rebuke me? As Lakshmi
is ever present in Soma, as water is ever present
in the Ocean, know this, O Janarddana, that even so
is my vow ever accomplished! Do not think lightly
of my weapons! Do not think lightly of my tough
bow! Do not think lightly of the might of my
arms! Do not think lightly of Dhananjaya!
I shall go to battle in such a way that I shall truly
win and not lose! When I have vowed it, know
that Jayadratha hath already been slain in battle!
Verily, in the Brahmana is truth; verily, in the righteous
is humility; verily, in sacrifice is prosperity; verily,
in Narayana is victory!
said these words unto Hrishikesa, the son of Vasudeva,
having himself said so unto his own self, Arjuna in
a deep voice, once more addressed lord Kesava, saying—Thou
shouldst O Krishna, so act that my car may be well
equipt as soon as this night dawns, since grave is
the task that is at hand!’”