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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 1,319 pages of information about The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4.

THE MAHABHARATA

ANUSASANA PARVA

PART I

SECTION I

(Anusasanika Parva)

OmHaving bowed down unto Narayana, and Nara the foremost of male beings, and unto the goddess Saraswati, must the word Jaya be uttered.

“Yudhishthira said, ’O grandsire, tranquillity of mind has been said to be subtile and of diverse forms.  I have heard all thy discourses, but still tranquillity of mind has not been mine.  In this matter, various means of quieting the mind have been related (by thee), O sire, but how can peace of mind be secured from only a knowledge of the different kinds of tranquillity, when I myself have been the instrument of bringing about all this?  Beholding thy body covered with arrows and festering with bad sores, I fail to find, O hero, any peace of mind, at the thought of the evils I have wrought.  Beholding thy body, O most valiant of men, bathed in blood, like a hill overrun with water from its springs, I am languishing with grief even as the lotus in the rainy season.  What can be more painful than this, that thou, O grandsire, hast been brought to this plight on my account by my people fighting against their foes on the battle-field?  Other princes also, with their sons and kinsmen, having met with destruction on my account.  Alas, what can be more painful than this.  Tell us, O prince, what destiny awaits us and the sons of Dhritarashtra, who, driven by fate and anger, have done this abhorrent act.  O lord of men, I think the son of Dhritarashtra is fortunate in that he doth not behold thee in this state.  But I, who am the cause of thy death as well as of that of our friends, am denied all peace of mind by beholding thee on the bare earth in this sorry condition.  The wicked Duryodhana, the most infamous of his race, has, with all his troops and his brothers, perished in battle, in the observance of Kshatriya duties.  That wicked-souled wight does not see thee lying on the ground.  Verily, for this reason, I would deem death to be preferable to life.  O hero that never swervest from virtue, had I with my brothers met with destruction ere this at the hands of our enemies on the battle-field, I would not have found thee in this pitiful plight, thus pierced with arrows.  Surely, O prince, the Maker had created is to become perpetrators of evil deeds.  O king, if thou wishest to do me good, do thou then instruct me in such a way that I may be cleansed of this sin in even another world.’

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