THE POET’S OWN WORDS
A. M. SRINIVASACHARIAR
॥ सभापर्व ॥
Pandavas – Narada’s queries to
Yudhishthira, Krishna’s assent for Rajasuya sacrifice.
said to Arjuna in the presence of Krishna: “Arjuna, I have been saved by you;
tell me, what shall I do for you?
Maya to build a hall and taking leave of Yudhishthira, he then went to Dwaraka.
दिव्यां मणिमयीं शुभाम्।
विसृष्टः प्रययौ मयः ॥
built an excellent hall, famous in the three worlds, wonderful, completely
inlaid with precious stones and beautiful, and given leave, went away.
when the high-souled Pandavas were sitting in that hall, the supremely
magnificent Narada asked this of YudhiShthira.
च रमते मनः।
वीर मन्त्रिणः ॥
your material gains adequate? Does your
mind delight in Dharma? Valourous Yudhishthira!
Have you made men of birth and devotion your ministers?
the forts full with money, corn, missiles and water, machines, artisans and
न विकर्षसि ॥
that ought to be given to your army, and not delay them?”
to their merits, men who are disciplined
by learning and celebrated in knowledge”
Bharata! Do you maintain the wives of men who lay down their lives and come to
grief in your cause?”
cleared with half or quarter or three quarters of your income?
with money and grain kinsmen, teachers, old men, merchants, artists and
dependants who are in distress?
refrain from removing from their offices without previously finding mistake in
them those who are very efficient in their works who love your welfare and are
कच्चिद्राष्ट्रे तटाकानि पूर्णानि च बृहन्ति च।
full, big, and distributed in the several areas? Is agriculture not dependent on rains only?
economic welfare – agriculture, commerce, live-stock and banking – well-managed
by efficient men? My son! This world flourishes in happiness, if it were well
based on economic welfare.
कर्तारं च प्रशंससि।
King, do you recognise a work done, acclaim the doer and honour him with
rewards in the midst of good people?”
स्वं परिरक्षसि ॥
guard your country from fear of fire, reptiles, diseases and evil spirits?
you protect like a father the blind, the dumb, and the lame, those who are
physically deficient (in other ways), those who have no kith and kin and those
who have renounced the world.”
six evils been discarded by you – sleep, laziness, fear, anger, softness and
of the Kuru race ! Your father Pandu told you “You are capable of conquering
the world; Your brothers are at your command.
Scion of Bharata! Perform Rajasuya, the greatest of sacrifices”
the sage, Yudhishthira thought of Hari(Krishna). Quickly, he despatched a
messenger to the Lord of beings (Krishna).
[राजन्] दिशं व्यजयदस्त्रवित्॥
quarter dear to Kubera (i.e. North), Bhima, the East; Sahadeva, the South; and
Nakula, skilled in missiles, the West.
heap of manifold riches, Krishna, the most distinguished of men, entered the
excellent city of Indraprastha.
मद्वशे कृष्ण वर्तते।
the whole world is under me; scion of the Vrishnis! By your grace, ample wealth
has been amassed. Krishna, with your
leave, I would like to perform the best sacrifice.”
कृत्ये सर्वं कर्तास्मि ते वचः॥
you desire when I am here for your good.
Appoint me also to some work; I shall do all that you say.”