The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4 eBook

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“Vaisampayana said, ’The irresistible wielder of Gandiva, addresst for battle, stood immovable on the field like Himavat himself.  The Saindhava warriors, once more rallying, showered in great wrath repeated down-pours of shifts on him.  The mighty-armed hero, laughing at his foes, who had once more rallied but who were on the point of death, addressed them in these soft words,—­’Do ye fight to the best of your power and do ye endeavour to vanquish me.  Do ye however, accomplish all necessary acts, for a great danger awaits you all.  See, I fight all of you, baffling your clouds of arrows.  Bent as you are on battle, tarry a little.  I shall soon quell your pride.’  The wielder of Gandiva, having said these words in wrath, recollected, however, the words, O Bharata, of his eldest brother.  Those words were,—­’Thou shouldst not, O child, slay those Kshatriyas who will come against thee for battle.  They should, however, be vanquished by thee.  That foremost of men, Phalguna, had been thus addressed by king Yudhishthira the just, of great soul.  He, therefore, began to reflect in this strain.  ’Even thus was I commissioned by my brother.  Warriors advancing against me should not be slain.  I must act in such a way as not to falsify the words of king Yudhishthira the just.’  Having arrived at this conclusion, Phalguna, that foremost of men, then said unto those Saindhavas who were all fierce in battle, these words:—­’I say what is for your benefit.  Though staying before me.  I do not wish to slay you.  He amongst you who will say unto me that he has been vanquished by me and that he is mine, will be spared by me.  Having heard these words of mine, act towards me in that way which may best conduce to your benefit.  By acting in a different way you will place yourselves in a situation of great fear and danger.’  Having said these words unto those heroic warriors the chief of the Kurus began to fight them.  Arjuna was inflamed with wrath.  His foes, desirous of victory, were equally enraged.  The Saindhavas then, O king, shot hundreds and thousands of straight arrows at the wielder of Gandiva.  Dhananjaya, with his own whetted shafts, cut off those arrows of sharp and terrible points, resembling snakes of virulent poison, before they could come up to him.  Having cut off those sharp arrows equipt with Kanka feathers, Arjuna pierced each of the warriors opposed to him with a whetted shaft.  The Saindhava Kshatriyas, recollecting that it was Dhananjaya who had slain their king Jayadratha, then hurled at him darts and javelins with great force.  The diadem-decked Dhananjaya of great might baffled their intent by cutting off all those weapons before any of them could reach him.  At length the son of Pandu became highly angry.  With many straight and broad-headed arrows, he felled the heads of many of those warriors who were rushing at him from desire of victory.  Many fled, many rushed at Arjuna; many moved not, all of them, however, uttered such aloud noise (of wrath and grief) that

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