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Mahabharata 11 - Sacred Text

Mahabharata 11 - Sacred Text

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Hindu - Epic ; Gita ; Shri krishna
Hindu - Epic ; Gita ; Shri krishna

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The Mahabharataof Krishna-Dwaipayana VyasaBOOK 11STRI PARVA
Translated into English Prose from the Original Sanskrit TextbyKisari Mohan Ganguli[1883-1896]
Scanned and Proofed by Mantra Caitanya. Additional proofing andformatting at sacred-texts.com, by J. B. Hare, October 2003.
 
STRI PARVA
 
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STRI PARVA.................................................................................................................................3SECTION 1 (Jalapradanika-parva)................................................................................................3SECTION 2..................................................................................................................................4SECTION 3..................................................................................................................................5SECTION 4..................................................................................................................................6SECTION 5..................................................................................................................................7SECTION 6..................................................................................................................................8SECTION 7..................................................................................................................................8SECTION 8..................................................................................................................................9SECTION 9................................................................................................................................11SECTION 10..............................................................................................................................11SECTION 11..............................................................................................................................12SECTION 12..............................................................................................................................13SECTION 13..............................................................................................................................14SECTION 14..............................................................................................................................15SECTION 15..............................................................................................................................15SECTION 16 (Stri-vilapa-parva).................................................................................................17SECTION 17..............................................................................................................................19SECTION 18..............................................................................................................................20SECTION 19..............................................................................................................................21SECTION 20..............................................................................................................................21SECTION 21..............................................................................................................................22SECTION 22..............................................................................................................................23SECTION 23..............................................................................................................................24SECTION 24..............................................................................................................................25SECTION 25..............................................................................................................................26SECTION 26..............................................................................................................................28SECTION 27..............................................................................................................................29
 
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STRI PARVA
SECTION 1 (Jalapradanika-parva)
Om! Having bowed down unto Narayana and Nara, the foremost of male beings, and unto the god-dess Sarasvati, must the word Jaya be uttered.Janamejaya said, "After Duryodhana had fallen and after all the warriors also had fallen, what, Osage, did king Dhritarashtra do on receipt of the intelligence? What also did the high-souled Kuruking Yudhishthira, the son of Dharma, do? What did the three survivors (of the Kuru army) viz.Kripa and the others do? I have heard everything about the feats of Ashvatthama. Tell me whathappened after that mutual denunciation of curses. Tell me all that Sanjaya said unto the blind oldking."Vaishampayana said, "After he had lost his century of sons, king Dhritarashtra, afflicted with grief on that account, cheerless, and looking like a tree shorn of its branches, became overwhelmed withanxiety and lost his power of speech. Possessed of great wisdom, Sanjaya, approaching the mon-arch, addressed him, saying, Why dost thou grieve, O monarch? Grief does not serve any purpose.Eight and ten Akshauhinis of combatants, O king, have been slain! The earth hath become desolate,and is almost empty now! Kings of diverse realms, hailing from diverse quarters, united with thyson (for aiding him in battle) have all laid down their lives. Let now the obsequial rites of thy siresand sons and grandsons and kinsmen and friends and preceptors be performed in due order."Vaishampayana continued, "Destitute of sons and counsellors and all his friends, king Dhritarashtraof great energy suddenly fell down on the earth like a tree uprooted by the wind.Dhritarashtra said, Destitute as I am of sons and counsellors and all my friends, I shall, withoutdoubt have to wander in sorrow over the earth. What need have I now of life itself, left as I am of kinsmen and friends and resembling as I do a bird shorn of its wings and afflicted with decrepitude?Shorn of kingdom, deprived of kinsmen, and destitute of eyes, I cannot, O thou of great wisdom,shine any longer on earth like a luminary shorn of its splendours! I did not follow the counsels of friends of Jamadagnis son, of the celestial rishi Narada, and of island-born Krishna, while they of-fered me counsel. In the midst of the assembly, Krishna told me what was for my good, saying, "Atruce (tense) to hostilities, O king! Let thy son take the whole kingdom! Give but five villages to thePandavas!" Fool that I was, for not following that advice, I am now obliged to repent so poignantly!I did not listen to the righteous counsels of Bhishma. Alas, having heard of the slaughter of Duryodhana whose roars were as deep as those of a bull, having heard also of the death of Duhshasana and the extinction of Karna and the setting of the Drona-sun, my heart does not break into pieces. I do not, O Sanjaya, remember any evil act committed by me in former days, whoseconsequences, fool that I am, I am suffering today. Without doubt, I committed great sins in myformer lives, for which the Supreme Ordainer has set me to endure such a measure of grief. Thisdestruction of all my kinsmen, this extermination of all my well-wishers and friends, at this old age,has come upon me through the force of Destiny. What other man is there on earth who is more af-flicted than my wretched self? Since it is so, let the Pandavas behold me this very day firmly re-solved to betake myself to the long way that leads to the regions of Brahman!"Vaishampayana continued, "While king Dhritarashtra was indulging in such lamentations, Sanjayaaddressed him in the following words for dispelling his grief, Cast off thy grief, O monarch! Thouhast heard the conclusions of the Vedas and the contents of diverse scriptures and holy writ, fromthe lips of the old, O king! Thou hast heard those words which the sages said unto Sanjaya whilethe latter was afflicted with grief on account of the death of his son. When thy son, O monarch,caught the pride that is born of youth, thou didst not accept the counsels offered unto thee by thywell-wishers. Desirous of fruit, thou didst not, through covetousness, do what was really for thy benefit. Thy own intelligence, like a sharp sword, has wounded thee. Thou didst generally pay court

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