The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4 eBook

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the observance of his great vow, there came to that place Narada and Parvata, and the Island-born Krishna, and Dhaumya, that foremost of silent reciters, and Devala, and Kasyapa, and Hastikasyapa.  Other Rishis also, endued with Diksha and self-restraint, followed by their disciples and accompanied by many Siddhas and many ascetics of great merit, came there.  The son of Devaki offered them such honours of hospitality as are deserving of the highest praise and as are offered unto the gods alone.  Those great Rishis sat themselves down upon seats some of which were green and some endued with the colour of gold and some that were fraught with the plumes of the peacock and some that were perfectly new and fresh.  Thus seated, they began to converse sweetly with one another on subjects connected with Religion and duty as also with many royal sages and deities.  At that time the energy, in the form of fire, Narayana, rising from the fuel that consisted of the rigid observance of his vow, issued out of the mouth of Krishna of wonderful feats.  That fire began to consume those mountains with their trees and creepers and little plants, as also with their birds and deer and beasts of prey and reptiles.  Soon the summit of that mountain presented a distressing and pitiful appearance, Inhabited by animals of diverse kinds which began to utter cries of woe and pain, the summit soon became bereft of every living creature.  That fire of mighty flames, having consumed everything without leaving a remnant at last came back to Vishnu and touched his feet like a docile disciple.  That crusher of foes, viz., Krishna, beholding that mountain burnt, cast a benignant look upon it and thereby brought it back to its former condition.  That mountain thereupon once more became adorned with flowering trees and creepers, and once more echoed with the notes and cries of birds and deer and animals of prey and reptiles.  Seeing that wonderful and inconceivable sight, all the ascetics became amazed.  Their hairs stood on end and their vision was blurred with tears.  That foremost of speakers, Narayana, beholding those Rishis thus filled with wonder, addressed them in these sweet and refreshing words, ’Why, indeed, has wonder filled the hearts of this assemblage of Rishis, these ascetics that are always free from attachment of every kind, that are divested of the idea of meum, and that are fully conversant with every sacred science?  It behoveth these Rishis possessed of wealth of penances and freed from every stain to explain to me truly this doubt that has arisen in my mind.’”

“The Rishis said, ’It is thou that createst all the worlds, and it is thou that destroyest them again.  It is thou that art Winter, it is thou that art Summer, and it is thou that art the season of rains.  Of all the creatures, mobile and immobile, that are found on the earth, thou art the father, thou art the mother, thou art the master, and thou art the origin!  Even this, O slayer of Madhu, is a matter of wonder and doubt with us.  O source of all auspiciousness, it behoveth Thee to resolve to us that doubt, viz., the issue of fire from Thy mouth.  Our fears being dispelled we shall then, O Hari, recite to thee what we have heard and seen.’”

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