The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4 eBook

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O scorcher of foes, had been the great king of the Kekayas.  Having made over the sovereignty of his kingdom to his son he had come into the woods.  Satayupa, received king Dhritarashtra with due rites.  Accompanied by him, the latter proceeded to the retreat of Vyasa.  Arrived at Vyasa’s retreat, the delighter of the Kurus received his initiation into the forest mode of life.  Returning he took up his abode in the retreat of Satayupa.  The high-souled Satayupa, instructed Dhritarashtra in all the rites of the forest mode, at the command of Vyasa.  In this way the high-souled Dhritarashtra set himself to the practice of penances, and all his followers also to the same course of conduct.  Queen Gandhari also, O monarch, along with Kunti, assumed barks of trees and deer-skins for her robe, and set herself to the observance of the same vows as her lord.  Restraining their senses in thought, words, and deeds, as well as by eye, they began to practise severe austerities.  Divested of all stupefaction of mind, king Dhritarashtra began to practise vows and penances like a great Rishi, reducing his body to skin and bones, for his flesh was all dried up, bearing matted locks on head, and his person clad in barks and skins.  Vidura, conversant with the true interpretations of righteousness, and endued with great intelligence, as also Sanjaya, waited upon the old king with his wife.  Both of them with souls under subjection, Vidura and Sanjaya also reduced themselves, and wore barks and rags."’

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“Vaisampayana said, ’Those foremost of ascetics, viz.  Narada and Parvata and Devala of austere penances, came there to see king Dhritarashtra.  The Island-born Vyasa with all his disciples, and other persons endued with great wisdom and crowned with ascetic success, and the royal sage Satayupa of advanced years and possessed of great merit, also came.  Kunti worshipped them with due rites, O king.  All those ascetics were highly gratified with the worship offered to them.  Those great Rishis gladdened the high-souled king Dhritarashtra with discourses on religion and righteousness.  At the conclusion of their converse, the celestial Rishi Narada, beholding all things as objects of direct perceptions, said the following words.’

“Narada said, ’There was a ruler of the Kekayas, possessed of great prosperity and perfectly fearless.  His name was Sahasrachitya and he was the grandfather of this Satayupa.  Resigning his kingdom to his eldest son endued with a large measure of righteousness, the virtuous king Sahasrachitya retired into the woods.  Reaching the other end of blazing penances, that lord of Earth. endued with great splendour, attained to the region of Purandara where he continued to live in his company.  On many occasions, while visiting the region of Indra, O king, I saw the monarch, whose sins had all been burnt off by penances, residing in Indra’s abode.  After the same manner, king Sailalaya, the grandfather

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