The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4 eBook

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Know that Krishna Himself, otherwise called Hari, is that Time with blood-red eyes and with club in hand.  For these reasons, O son of Kunti, it does not behove thee to grieve for thy (slain) kinsfolk.  Be thou always free, O delighter of the Kurus, from grief.  Thou hast heard of the glory and greatness of Madhava as recited by me.  That is sufficient for enabling a good man to understand Him.  Having heard the words of Vyasa as also of Narada endued with great intelligence, I have discoursed to thee on the adorableness of Krishna.  I have myself added; from my own knowledge, something to that discourse.  Verily, I have discoursed also on the surpassing puissance of Krishna as recited by Mahadeva, unto that conclave of Rishis (on the breast of the Himavat).  The discourse too between Maheswara and the daughter of Himavat, O Bharata, has been recited by me to thee.  He who will bear in mind that discourse when emanating from a foremost person, he who will listen to it, and he who will recite it (for other people’s hearing), is sure to win what is highly beneficial.  That man will find all his wishes fulfilled.  Departing from this world he will ascend to Heaven.  There is no doubt in this.  That man who, desirous of obtaining what is beneficial for himself, should devote himself to Janardana.  O king of the Kurus, it behoves thee also to always bear in mind those incidents of duty and righteousness which were declared by Maheswara. if thou conduct thyself according to those precepts, if thou bear the rod of chastisement rightly, if thou protect thy subjects properly, thou mayst be sure of attaining to heaven.  It behoves thee, O king, to protect thy subjects always according to the dictates of righteousness.  The stout rod of chastisement which the king bears has been said to be the embodiment of his righteousness or merit.[588] Hearing this discourse, fraught with righteousness, between Sankara and Uma, that I have recited in the presence of this righteous conclave, one should worship with reverence that god having the bovine bull for the device on his banner.  One that becomes even desirous of listening to that discourse should worship Mahadeva with reverence.  Verily, the person that wishes to obtain what is beneficial for him, should adore Mahadeva with a pure heart.  Even this is the command of the faultless and high-souled Narada.  Even he has commanded such worship of the great god, O son of Pandu, do thou obey that command of Narada.  O puissant king, even these are the wonderful incidents that occurred on the sacred breast of the Himavat respecting Vasudeva and Sthanu, O son of Kunti.  Those occurrences flowed from the very nature of those high-souled deities.  Vasudeva, accompanied by the wielder of Gandiva, practised eternal penances in the retreat of Vadari for ten thousand years.[589] Verily, Vasudeva and Dhananjaya, both of eyes like lotus-petals, underwent severe austerities for the duration of three whole Yugas.  I have learnt this from Narada and Vyasa, O king.  The
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