Sunday, October 25, 2015


"'Yudhishthira said,

"Welcome, O thou that hast Devaki for thy mother, and welcome to thee, O Dhananjaya! The sight of both of you, O Acyuta and Arjuna, is exceedingly agreeable! I see that without being wounded yourselves, you two, his foes, have slain the mighty car-warrior Karna!

He was in battle like unto a snake of virulent poison. He was accomplished in all weapons. The leader of all the Dhartarashtras, he was their armour and protector!

While fighting he was always protected  
  1. by Vrishasena and 
  2. by Sushena, both of whom are great bowmen! Of great energy,
 he had received lessons from Rama in weapons! He was invincible in battle! The foremost one in all the world, as a car-warrior he was celebrated throughout all the worlds.He was the saviour of the Dhartarashtras, and the proceeder in their van! A slayer of hostile troops, he was the crusher of large bands of foes.

Ever engaged in Duryodhana's good, he was always prepared to inflict woe on us!He was invincible in battle by the very gods with Vasava at their head.
  1. In energy and might he was equal untothe god of fire andthe god of wind.
  2. In gravity he was unfathomable as the Nether world.
The enhancer of the joys of friends, he was like the Destroyer himself unto foes! Having slain Karna (who was even so) in dreadful battle, by good luck it is that you two have come, like a couple of celestials after vanquishing an Asura!

Today, O Acyuta and Arjuna, a great battle was fought between myself exerting with might and that hero resembling the Destroyer himself, while seeking to exterminate all creatures! My standard was cut down, and my two Parshni drivers also were slain by him. I was also made steedless and carless by him in the very sight
  1. of Yuyudhana, 
  2. of Dhrishtadyumna,
  3. of the twins (Nakula and Sahadeva),
  4. of the heroic Shikhandi,
  5. as also in the very sight of the sons of Draupadi,and 
  6. all the Pancalas! 
Having vanquished those innumerable foes,Karna of mighty energy then vanquished me,O thou of mighty arms, although I exerted myself resolutely in battle! Pursuing me then and without doubt, vanquishing all my protectors, that foremost of warriors addressed me in diverse harsh speeches. That I am still alive, O Dhananjaya, is due to the prowess of Bhimasena. What more need I say? I am unable to bear that humiliation!Filled with hatred of Karna, I burn, O Dhananjaya! Like the bird Vaddhrinasa I fled from Karna, knowing that the time for my own destruction had come. The whole of my time had passed in the thought as to how I would accomplish the destruction of Karna in battle!

Awake or asleep, O son of Kunti, I always beheld Karna (with my mind's eye). Wherever I was, the universe appeared to me to be full of Karna! Inspired with the fear of Karna, wherever I used to go, O Dhananjaya, thither I beheld Karna standing before my eyes!

Vanquished in battle, with my steeds and car, by that hero who never retreated from battle, alive I was let off by him!It is for this, O son of Kunti, that I ask thee today about thy welfare! Tell me in detail how thou hast slain Karna today!
  1. In battle Karna was equal unto Sakra himself.
  2. In prowess he was equal unto Yama.
  3. In weapons he was equal unto Rama.
How then hath he been slain?
  1. He was regarded as a mighty car-warrior, 
  2. conversant with all modes of warfare. 
  3. He was the foremost of all bowmen, and the one man amongst all men! 
O prince, the son of Radha was always worshipped by Dhritarashtra and his son, for thy sake! How then hath he been slain by thee? In all engagements, Dhritarashtra's son, O Arjuna, used to regard Karna as thy death, O bull among men! How then, O tiger among men, hath that Karna been slain by thee in battle? Tell me, O son of Kunti, how that Karna hath been slain by thee! How, while he was engaged in battle, didst thou, O tiger among men, strike off his head in the very sight of all his friends like a tiger tearing off the head of a ruru deer? 
  1. That Suta's son who in battle searched all the points of the compass for finding thee, 
  2. that Karna who had promised to give a car with six bulls of elephantine proportions unto him that would point thee out, 
I ask: doth that Karna of wicked soul lie today on the bare ground, slain with thy keen arrows equipped with kanka feathers? Having slain the Suta's son in battle, thou hast accomplished a deed highly agreeable to me! Encountering him in battle, hast thou really slain that Suta's son, who, filled with arrogance and pride and bragging of his heroism, used to search everywhere on the field of battle for thee? Hast thou, O sire, really slain in battle that sinful wretch who used to always challenge thee and who was desirous for thy sake of giving unto others a magnificent car, made of gold along with a number of elephants and bulls and steeds? 

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