The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 3 eBook

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“Vaisampayana continued, ’Moved by the desire of benefiting all the four orders, the mighty armed and high-souled chief of Yadu’s race once more addressed that foremost of kings (in the following words).’

“Vasudeva said, ’It behoveth thee not to show such pertinacity in grief.  Do that, O best of kings, which the holy Vyasa has said.  The Brahmanas, O mighty-armed one, and these thy brothers of great energy, stand before thee beseechingly like persons beseeching the deity of the clouds at the close of summer.  The unslain remnant of the assembled kings, and the people belonging to all the four orders of thy kingdom of Kurujangala, O king, are here.  For the sake of doing what is agreeable to these high-souled Brahmanas, in obedience also to the command of thy revered senior Vyasa of immeasurable energy, and at the request of out-selves that are thy well-wishers, and of Draupadi, O scorcher of foes, do what is agreeable to us, O slayer of foes, and what is beneficial to the world.’

“Vaisampayana continued.  ’Thus addressed by Krishna, the high-souled king (Yudhishthira) of eyes like lotus petals, rose from his seat for the good of the whole world.  The tiger among men, viz., Yudhishthira of great fame, besought by Krishna himself, by the Island-born (Vyasa), by Devasthana, by Jishnu, by these and many others, cast off his grief and anxiety.  Fully conversant with the declarations of the Srutis, with the science that treats of the interpretation of those declarations, and with all that men usually hear and all that deserve to be heard, the son of Pandu obtained peace of mind and resolved upon that he should next do.  Surrounded by all of them like the moon by the stars, the king, placing Dhritarashtra at the head of the train, set out for entering the city.  Desirous of entering the city, Kunti’s son Yudhishthira, conversant with every duty, offered worship unto the gods and thousands of Brahmanas.  He then ascended a new and white car covered with blankets and deerskins, and unto which were yoked sixteen white bullocks possessed of auspicious marks, and which had been sanctified with Vedic mantras.  Adored by panegyrists and bards, the king mounted upon that car like Soma riding upon his own ambrosial vehicle.  His brother Bhima of terrible prowess took the reins.  Arjuna held over his head a white umbrella of great effulgence.  That white umbrella held upon the car looked beautiful like a star-decked white cloud in the firmament.  The two heroic sons of Madri, viz., Nakula and Sahadeva, took up two yak-tails white as the rays of the moon and adorned with gems for fanning the king.  The five brothers decked with ornaments, having ascended the car, O king, looked like the five elements (that enter into the composition of everybody).  Riding upon another white car unto which were yoked steeds fleet as thought, Yuyutsu, O king, followed the eldest son of Pandu behind.  Upon his own brilliant car of gold unto which were yoked Saivya and Sugriva, Krishna, with

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