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Krishna promises Draupadi her revenge

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  1. Krishna promises Draupadi her revenge
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  4. (Extract from 'The Mahabharata' of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa BOOK 5 "Udyoga-parva"
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  6. Translated into English Prose from the Original Sanskrit Text
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  8. by Kisari Mohan Ganguli [1883-1896]
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  11. "Vaisampayana continued, 'Having said this, the beautiful Krishna of eyes
  12. that were black in hue and large like lotus leaves, bathed in tears, and
  13. walking like a cow-elephant, approached the lotus-eyed Krishna, and
  14. taking with her left hand her own beautiful tresses of curly ends,
  15. deep-blue in hue and scented with every perfume, endued with every
  16. auspicious mark, and though gathered into a braid, yet soft and glossy
  17. like a mighty snake, spake these words, 'Lotus-eyed one that art anxious
  18. for peace with the enemy, thou shouldst, in all thy acts, call to thy
  19. mind these tresses of mine seized by Dussasana's rude hands! If Bhima and
  20. Arjuna, O Krishna, have become so low as to long for peace, my aged
  21. father then with his war like sons will avenge for me in battle. My five
  22. sons also that are endued with great energy, with Abhimanyu, O slayer of
  23. Madhu, at their head, will fight with the Kauravas. What peace can this
  24. heart of mine know unless I behold Dussasana's dark arm severed from his
  25. trunk and pulverised to atoms? Thirteen long years have I passed in
  26. expectation of better times, hiding in my heart my wrath like a
  27. smouldering fire. And now pierced by Bhima's wordy darts that heart cf
  28. mine is about to break, for the mighty-armed Bhima now casteth his eye on
  29. morality. Uttering these words with voice choked in tears, the large-eyed
  30. Krishna began to weep aloud, with convulsive sobs, and tears gushed down
  31. her cheeks. And that lady, with hips full and round, began to drench her
  32. close and deep bosom by the tears she shed which were hot as liquid fire.
  33. The mighty-armed Kesava then spoke, comforting her in these words, 'Soon
  34. wilt thou, O Krishna, behold the ladies of Bharata's race weep as thou
  35. dost. Even they, O timid one, will weep like thee, their kinsmen and
  36. friends being slain. They with whom, O lady, thou art angry, have their
  37. kinsmen and warriors already slain. With Bhima and Arjuna and the twins,
  38. at Yudhishthira's command, and agreeably to fate, and what hath been
  39. ordained by the Ordainer, I will accomplish all this. Their hour having
  40. arrived, the sons of Dhritarashtra, if they do not listen to my words,
  41. will surely lie down on the earth turned as morsels of dogs and jackals.
  42. The mountains of Himavat might shift their site, the Earth herself might
  43. spilt into a hundred fragments, the firmament itself with its myriads of
  44. stars might fall down, still my words can never be futile. Stop thy
  45. tears, I swear to thee, O Krishna, soon wilt thou see thy husbands, with
  46. their enemies slain, and with prosperity crowning them.'"
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