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The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4 eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 1,319 pages of information about The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4.
ascetic Vipula, O king, answered, ‘So be it!’ and then proceeded to that spot whence the lady Ruchi had picked up the flowers that were coveted by her sister.  Arrived at that spot where the flowers (picked up by Ruchi) had fallen from the welkin, Vipula saw some others still lying scattered.  They were all as fresh as if they had been newly plucked from the plants whereon they had grown.  None of them had drooped in the least.  He took up those celestial flowers of great beauty.  Possessed of celestial fragrance, O Bharata, Vipula got them there as the result of his severe penances.  The accomplisher of his preceptor’s behest, having obtained them, he felt great delight and set out speedily for the city of Champa adorned with festoons of Champaka flowers.  As he proceeded, he saw on his way a human couple moving in a circle hand in hand.  One of them made a rapid step and thereby destroyed the cadence of the movement.  For this reason, O king, a dispute arose between them.  Indeed, one of them charged the other, saying, ’Thou hast made a quicker step!’ The other answered, ‘No, verily’, as each maintained his own opinion obstinately, each, O king, asserted what the other denied, and denied what the other asserted.  While thus disputing with each other with great assurance, an oath was then heard among them.  Indeed, each of them suddenly named Vipula in what they uttered.  The oath each of them took was even this, ’That one amongst us two who speaketh falsely, shall in the next world, meet with the end which will be the regenerate Vipula’s!’ Hearing these words of theirs, Vipula’s face became very cheerless.  He began to reflect, saying unto himself, ’I have undergone severe penances.  The dispute between this couple is hot.  To me, again, it is painful.  What is the sin of which I have been guilty that both these persons should refer to my end in the next world as the most painful one among those reserved for all creatures?’ Thinking in this strain, Vipula, O best of monarchs, hung down his head, and with a cheerless mind began to recollect what sin he had done.  Proceeding a little way he beheld six other men playing with dice made of gold and silver.  Engaged in play, those individuals seemed to him to be so excited that the hair on their bodies stood on end.  They also (upon a dispute having arisen among them) were heard by Vipula to take the same oath that he had already heard the first couple to take.  Indeed, their words had reference in the same way to Vipula, ’He amongst us who, led by cupidity, will act in an improper way, shall meet with that end which is reserved for Vipula in the next world!’ Hearing these words, however, Vipula, although he strove earnestly to recollect failed to remember any transgression of his from even his earliest years, O thou of Kuru’s race.  Verily he began to burn like a fire placed in the midst of another fire.  Hearing that curse, his mind burnt with grief.  In this state of anxiety a long time elapsed.  At last he recollected the
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