THE POET’S OWN WORDS
A. M. SRINIVASACHARIAR
Raghavan M.A., Ph.D.
Observing then the change in the times that had taken place and desiring to
make true what Gandhari had said (namely, that the kinsmen of Krishna would
perish, killing each other), Krishna, the subduer of enemies, ordered an
excursion to a water-side.
merry Yadavas camped with their wives at Prabhasa at that time. Those Yadvas of fiery valour had a big
carouse at Prabhasa. Impelled by Fate, they struck each other with clubs in a
fight. Intoxicated and fighting one
another, they fell.
that time, Krishna ordered Daruka, (his charioteer): “Inform Arjuna of the
destruction of the Yadus.” Then,he entered the city of Dwaraka and said to his
protect everything belonging to us, looking forward to Arjuna’s arrival; know
it from me that I will go to the forest and perform penance, along with
said this in this manner, Krishna met Balarama standing alone in a lonely
forest; He then saw a serpent entering the seas from out of the mouth of that
Balarama in Yoga.
then thought that it was time for his passage (to His own world); (and so) he
lay down, entering upon deep Yoga; pervading heaven and earth with his
splendour, that Master of Yoga, the Supreme spirit, reached His own inscrutable
Daruka also reached the Kuru country, saw the great warriors, the Pandavas, and
told them of the Vrishnis mutually destroyed in a club-fight.
दारुकेण सह [प्रभो]॥
pandavas were afflicted with grief (and) the dear friend of Krishna, Arjuna,
went along with Daruka, to see his uncle (Vasudeva).
Arjuna, the aged Vasudeva wept, being greatly distressed. And extremely sad, Arjuna said these words in
the proper time.
shall myself take all the Vrishnis and the Andhakas to Indraprastha. This Vajra (son of Aniruddha, Krishna’s
grandson) will be your king at Sakraprastha.”
the following day then Vasudeva attained to heaven.
performing in the prescribed manner the funeral rites for the departed
Vrishnis, Arjuna mounted the chariot and sped on the seventh day.
ladies of the (departed) Vrishni heroes followed Arjuna.
the best of men, Arjuna, left part after part of that land of the Vrishnis, the
sea flooded it with its waters.
on seeing the ladies, with their lords dead, being taken by Arjuna, himself
alone, thieves became greedy and impelled by the change in Time, they fell upon
(the party) for (looting) their wealth.
बाहुवीर्यस्य च क्षयात्।
made an effort to protect the people. (But), owing to the utter loss of his
missiles and owing to the decreae in the power of his arm, Arjuna became
dejected, thinking “it is fate”.
with him those that survived (the attack by the robbers), Arjuna entered
Kurukshetra, and with the permission of Yudhishthira, he settled at different
places the princes who were to continue the Vrishni race.
eyes shrouded by tears, Arjuna met vyasa sitting in his hermitage.
त्यक्त्वा देहं दिवं गतः॥
beautiful Krishna of body like the cloud and eyes like a big lotus, has, along
with Balarama, left his body and gone to heaven. There was a terrific
destruction of the Vrishni heroes in a fight with clubs. The disappearance of
Krishna, I consider, is as unbelievable as the drying up of the ocean, the
moving of the Mandara mountain, the falling of the skies and the cooling of
bereft of Krishna, I do not want to stay in this world. Hear of this, O sage, more painful to me than
that: sage, even as I was seeing, the Abhiras of the Panchanada region overpowered
in battle and carried away by thousands Vrishni ladies. I took the bow there but could not string
it. O great sage, the prowess of my arm
is not as it was before. O best of men,
you must advise what is good for me.”
न तान् शोचितुमर्हसि ॥
Vrishnis were born as partial incarnations of the gods for the protection of
the bounds of Dharma and they have gone along with God Krishna; you must not
grieve for them.
the Earth of its evil men, the large-eyed Krishna has left his body and reached
his own highest place.
best of men, you of mighty arm! You also, with Bhima as your aid and with the
twins, have achieved in this world the great mission of the gods.”
of Bharata! Strength, wisdom, power and understanding appear in good times and
fail (one) when times change.
all this which is at the root of the world has itself its root in time. It is time for you also to go to heaven.
This, I think, is supreme good for you.
these words (of Vyasa), Arjuna went to Yudhishthira and told him all about the
race of the Vrishnis and the Andhakas, as it happened.
ENDS THE MAUSALA PARVA