The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4 eBook

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with every duty, be thou gratified with the child whose friends and kinsmen have all been slain and who himself knows nothing of what has happened.  Do not yield to wrath.  Forgetting his disreputable and cruel grandfather, who offended against thee so highly, it behoveth thee to show thy grace towards this child.’  Recollecting queen Gandhari and king Dhritarashtra, Dhananjaya, afflicted with grief, addressed Dussala who had said so unto him, and answered her, censuring Kshatriya practices the while.  ’Fie on Duryodhana, that mean wight, covetous of kingdom and full of vanity!  Alas, it was for him that all my kinsmen have been despatched by me to the abode of Yama.’  Having said so, Dhananjaya comforted his sister and became inclined to make peace.  Cheerfully he embraced her and then dismissed her, telling her to return to her palace.  Dussala bade all her warriors desist from that great battle, and worshipping Partha, she of beautiful face retraced her steps towards her abode.  Having vanquished those heroes, viz., the Saindhavas, thus, Dhananjaya began to follow that steed which roved at its will.  The heroic Arjuna duly followed that sacrificial horse even as the divine wielder of Pinaka had in days of yore followed the deer through the firmament.[193] The steed, at its will, wandered through various realms one after another, enhancing the feats of Arjuna.  In course of time, O chief of men, the horse wandering at its pleasure, at last arrived within the dominions of the ruler of Manipura, followed by the son of Pandu.’”


“Vaisampayana said, ’The ruler of Manipura, Vabhruvahana, hearing that his sire Arjuna had arrived within his dominions, went out with humility, with a number of Brahmanas and some treasure in his van.[194] Remembering, however, the duties of Kshatriyas, Dhananjaya of great intelligence, seeing the ruler of Manipura arrive in that guise, did not approve of it.  The righteous-souled Phalguna angrily said, ’This conduct of thine is not becoming.  Thou hast certainly fallen away from Kshatriya duties.  I have come here as the protector of Yudhishthira’s sacrificial horse.  Why, O son, wilt thou not fight me, seeing that I have come within thy dominions?  Fie on thee, O thou of foolish understanding, fie on thee that hast fallen away from Kshatriya duties!  Fie on thee that would receive me peacefully, even though I have come here for battling with thee.  In thus receiving me peacefully thou actest like a woman.  O thou of wretched understanding, if I had come to thee, leaving aside my arms, then would this behaviour of thine have been fit, O worst of men.’  Learning that these words were addressed by her husband, the daughter of the Snake-king, viz., Ulupi unable to tolerate it, pierced through the Earth and came up to that spot.[195] She beheld her son standing there perfectly cheerless and with face hanging down.  Indeed, the prince was repeatedly rebuked by his sire

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