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Ma Ha 10

Ma Ha 10

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TheMahabharataofKrishna-DwaipayanaVyasaBOOK10Sauptika-parvaTranslated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2003.1Om!HavingboweddownuntoNarayana,andNarathemostexaltedofmalebeings,anduntothegoddessSarasvati,mustthewordJayabeuttered!Sanjayasaid,"Thoseheroesthentogetherproceededtowardsthesouth.Atthehourofsunsettheyreachedaspotnearthe(Kuru)encampment.Lettingtheiranimalsloosetheybecameverymuchfrightened.Reachingthenaforest,theysecretlyenteredit.Theytookuptheirquartersthereatnogreatdistancefromtheencampment.Cutandmangledwithmanykeenweapons,theybreathedlongandhotsighs,thinkingofthePandavas.HearingtheloudnoisemadebythevictoriousPandavas,theyfearedapursuitandthereforefledtowardstheeast.Havingproceededforsometime,theiranimalsbecametiredandtheythemselvesbecamethirsty.Overpoweredbywrathandvindictiveness,thosegreatbowmencouldnotputupwithwhathadoccurred,burningastheydidwith(griefat)theslaughteroftheking.Theyhowever,tookrestforawhile."Dhritarashtrasaid,"Thefeat,OSanjaya,thatBhimaachievedseemstobeincredible,sincemysonwhowasstruckdownpossessedthestrengthof10,000elephants.Inmanhood'sprimeandpossessedofanadamantineframe,hewasnotcapableofbeingslainbyanycreature!Alas,eventhatsonofminewasstruckdownbythePandavasinbattle!Withoutdoubt,OSanjaya,myheartismadeofadamant,sinceitbreaksnotintoa1,000fragmentsevenafterhearingoftheslaughterofmyhundredsons!Alas,whatwillbetheplightofmyselfandmyspouse,anoldcoupledestituteofchildren!IdarenotdwellinthedominionsofPandu'sson!Havingbeenthesireofakingandakingmyself,OSanjaya,howshallIpassmydaysasaslaveobedienttothecommandsofPandu'sson!HavinglaidmycommandsoverthewholeEarthandhavingstayedovertheheadsofall,OSanjaya,howshallIlivenowasaslaveinwretchedness?HowshallIbe
 
able,OSanjaya,toendurethewordsofBhimawhohathsingle-handedslainafullhundredsonsofmine?Thewordsofthehigh-souledVidurahavecometoberealised!Alas,myson,OSanjaya,didnotlistentothosewords!What,however,didKritavarmaandKripaandDrona'ssondoaftermysonDuryodhanahadbeenunfairlystuckdown?"Sanjayasaid,"Theyhadnotproceededfar,Oking,whentheystopped,fortheybeheldadenseforestaboundingwithtreesandcreepers.Havingrestedforalittlewhile,theyenteredthatgreatforest,proceedingontheircarsdrawnbytheirexcellentsteedswhosethirsthadbeenassuaged.Thatforestaboundedwithdiversekindsofanimals,anditteemedwithvariousspeciesofbirds.Anditwascoveredwithmanytreesandcreepersandwasinfestedbynumerouscarnivorouscreatures.Coveredwithmanypiecesofwaterandadornedwithvariouskindsofflowers,ithadmanylakesovergrownwithbluelotuses.Havingenteredthatdenseforest,theycasttheireyesaboutandsawagiganticbanyantreewiththousandsofbranches.Repairingtotheshadeofthattree,thosegreatcar-warriors,Oking,thoseforemostofmen,sawthatwasthebiggesttreeinthatforest.Alightingfromtheircars,andlettingloosetheiranimals,theycleansedthemselvesdulyandsaidtheireveningprayers.TheSunthenreachedtheAstamountains,andNight,themotheroftheuniverse,came.Thefirmament,bespangledwithplanetsandstars,shonelikeanornamentedpieceofbrocadeandpresentedahighlyagreeablespectacle.Thosecreaturesthatwalkthenightbegantohowlanduttertheircriesatwill,whiletheythatwalkthedayownedtheinfluenceofsleep.Awfulbecamethenoiseofthenight-wanderinganimals.Thecarnivorouscreaturesbecamefullofglee,andthenight,asitdeepened,becamedreadful.Atthathour,filledwithgriefandsorrow,KritavarmaandKripaandDrona'ssonallsatdowntogether.Seatedunderthatbanyan,theybegantogiveexpressiontotheirsorrowinrespectofthatverymatter:thedestructionthathadtakenplaceofboththeKurusandthePandavas.Heavywithsleep,theylaidthemselvesdownonthebareearth.Theyhadbeenexceedinglytiredandgreatlymangledwithshafts.Thetwogreatcar-warriors,KripaandKritavarma,succumbedtosleep.Howeverdeservingofhappinessandundeservingofmisery,theythenlaystretchedonthebareground.Indeed,Omonarch,thosetwowhohadalwayssleptoncostlybedsnowslept,likehelplesspersons,onthebareground,afflictedwithtoilandgrief.Drona'sson,however,OBharata,yieldingtotheinfluenceofwrathandreverence,couldnotsleep,butcontinuedtobreathelikeasnake.Burningwithrage,hecouldnotgetawinkofslumber.Thatheroofmightyarmscasthiseyesoneverysideofthatterribleforest.Ashesurveyedthatforestpeopledwithdiversekindsofcreatures,thegreatwarriorbeheldalargebanyancoveredwithcrows.Onthatbanyanthousandsofcrowsroostedinthenight.Eachperchingseparatelyfromitsneighbour,thosecrowssleptatease,OKauravya!As,however,thosebirdsweresleepingsecurelyoneveryside,Ashvatthamabeheldanowlofterribleaspectsuddenlymakeitsappearancethere.Offrightfulcriesandgiganticbody,withgreeneyesandtawnyplumage,itsnosewasverylargeanditstalonswerelong.AndthespeedwithwhichitcameresembledthatofGaruda.Utteringsoftcriesthatwingedcreature,OBharata,secretlyapproachedthebranchesofthatbanyan.Thatrangerofthesky,thatslayerofcrows,alightingononeofthebranchesofthebanyan,slewalargenumberofhissleepingenemies.Hetorethewingsofsomeandcutofftheheadsofotherswithhissharptalonsandbrokethelegsofmany.Enduedwithgreatstrength,heslewmanythatfelldown
 
beforehiseyes.Withthelimbsandbodies,Omonarch,oftheslaincrows,thegroundcoveredbythespreadingbranchesofthebanyanbecamethicklystrewnoneveryside.Havingslainthosecrows,theowlbecamefilledwithdelightlikeaslayeroffoesafterhavingbehavedtowardshisfoesaccordingtohispleasure.Beholdingthathighlysuggestivedeedperpetratedinthenightbytheowl,Drona'ssonbegantoreflectonit,desirousofframinghisownconductbythelightofthatexample.Hesaiduntohimself,"Thisowlteachesmealessoninbattle.BentasIamuponthedestructionofthefoe,thetimeforthedeedhascome!ThevictoriousPandavasareincapableofbeingslainbyme!Theyarepossessedofmight,enduedwithperseverance,sureofaim,andskilledinsmiting.Inthepresence,however,ofthekingIhavevowedtoslaythem.Ihavethuspledgedmyselftoaself-destructiveact,likeaninsectessayingtorushintoablazingfire!IfIweretofightfairlywiththem,Ishall,withoutdoubt,havetolaydownmylife!Byanactofguile,however,successmayyetbemineandagreatdestructionmayovertakemyfoes!Peoplegenerally,asalsothoseversedinthescriptures,alwaysapplaudthosemeanswhicharecertainoverthosewhichareuncertain.Whateverofcensureandevilreputethisactmayprovokeoughttobeincurredbypersonthatisobservantofkshatriyapractices.ThePandavasofuncleansedsoulshave,ateverystep,perpetratedveryuglyandcensurableactsthatareagainfallofguile.Asregardsthismatter,certainancientverses,fulloftruth,areheard,sungbytruth-seeingandrighteousness-observingpersons,whosangthemafteracarefulconsiderationofthedemandsofjustice.Theseversesareeventhese:Theenemy'sforce,evenwhenfatigued,orwoundedwithweapons,oremployedineating,orwhenretiring,orwhenrestingwithintheircamp,shouldbesmitten.Theyshouldbedealtwithinthesamewaywhenafflictedwithsleepinthedeadofnight,orwhenreftofcommanders,orwhenbrokenorwhenundertheimpressionofanerror.'"Havingreflectedinthisway,thevaliantsonofDronaformedtheresolutionofslayingduringthenighttheslumberingPandavasandthePancalas.Havingformedthiswickedresolutionandpledgedhimselfrepeatedlytoitsexecution,heawokebothhismaternaluncleandthechiefofBhojas.Awakenedfromsleep,thosetwoillustriousandmightypersons,KripaandtheBhojachief,heardAshvatthama'sscheme.Filledwithshame,bothofthemabstainedfromgivingasuitablereply.Havingreflectedforashortwhile,Ashvatthamasaidwithtearfuleyes,"KingDuryodhana,thatoneheroofgreatmight,forwhosesakewewerewaginghostilitieswiththePandavas,hathbeenslain!Desertedandalone,thoughhewasthelordofelevenakshauhinisoftroops,thatheroofunstainedprowesshathbeenstruckdownbyBhimasenaandalargenumberofwretchesbandedtogetherinbattle!AnotherwickedacthathbeenperpetratedbythevileVrikodara,forthelatterhathtouchedwithhisfoottheheadofapersonwhosecoronallocksunderwentthesacredbath!ThePancalasareutteringloudroarsandcriesandindulginginloudburstsoflaughter.Filledwithjoy,theyareblowingtheirconchsandbeatingtheirdrums!Theloudpealoftheirinstruments,mingledwiththeblareofconchs,isfrightfultotheearandbornebythewinds,isfillingallthepointsofthecompass.Loudalsoisthedinmadebytheirneighingsteedsandgruntingelephantsandroaringwarriors!Thatdeafeningnoisemadebytherejoicingwarriorsastheyaremarchingtotheirquarters,asalsothefrightfulclatteroftheircar-wheels,comestousfromtheeast.SogreathathbeenthehavocmadebythePandavason

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