The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4 eBook

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“The king said, ’Great is the favour thou showiest me today by speaking to me in this strain.  Yes, I shall do what thou biddest.  Having said this, that best of monarchs began to cut off his own flesh and weigh it in a balance against the pigeon.  Meanwhile, in the inner apartments of the palace, the spouses of king, adorned with jewels and gems, hearing what was taking place, uttered exclamations of woe and came out, stricken with grief.  In consequence of those cries of the ladies, as also of the ministers and servants, a noise deep as the roar of the clouds arose in the palace.  The sky that had been very clear became enveloped with thick clouds on every side.  The Earth began to tremble, as the consequence of that act of truth which the monarch did.  The king began to cut off the flesh from his flanks from the arms, and from his thighs, and quickly fill one of the scales for weighing it against the pigeon.  In spite of all that, the pigeon continued to weigh heavier.  When at last the king became a skeleton of bones, without any flesh, and covered with blood, he desired to give up his whole body and, therefore, ascended the scale in which he had placed the flesh that he had previously cut off.  At that time, the three worlds, with Indra at their head, came to that spot for beholding him.  Celestial kettle-drums and diverse drums were struck and played upon by invisible beings belonging to the firmament.  King Vrishadarbha was bathed in a shower of nectar that was poured upon him.  Garlands of celestial flowers, of delicious fragrance and touch, were also showered upon him copiously and repeatedly.  The deities and Gandharvas and Apsaras in large bands began to sing and dance around him even as they sing and dance around the Grandsire Brahma.  The king then ascended a celestial car that surpassed (in grandeur and beauty) a mansion made entirely of gold, that had arches made of gold and gems, and that was adorned with columns made of lapis lazuli.  Through the merit of his act, the royal sage Sivi proceeded to eternal Heaven.  Do thou also, O Yudhishthira, act in the same way towards those that seek thy protection.  He who protects those that are devoted to him, those that are attached to him from love and affection, and those that depend upon him, and who has compassion for all creatures, succeeds in attaining to great felicity hereafter.  That king who is of righteous behaviour and who is observant of honesty and integrity, succeeds by his acts of sincerity in acquiring every valuable reward.  The royal sage Sivi of pure soul and endued with great wisdom and unbaffled prowess, that ruler of the kingdom of Kasi, became celebrated over the three worlds for his deeds of righteousness.  Anybody who would protect in the same way a seeker for protection, would certainly attain (like Sivi himself) to the same happy end, O best of the Bharatas.  He who recites this history of the royal sage Vrishadarbha is sure to become cleansed of every sin, and the person who hears this history recited by another is sure to attain to the same result.’”

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