THE POET’S OWN WORDS
A. M. SRINIVASACHARIAR
Raghavan M.A., Ph.D.
offered the mane’s libation (to Bhishma), the mighty-armed Yudhishthira, with
tearful eyes entered Hastinapura, after being consoled by Lord Krishna.
with his brothers, the righteous Yudhishthira ruled the world, even as the
emperor Manu, even as Rama, son of Dasaratha.
There was nothing unrighteous in Yudhishthira’s kingdom; all people
was born Parikshit, a still-born child, as a result of the Brahma Astra of
Ashwathaman. Meeting her brother,
Subhadra said these words, afflicted with grief. “O Inviolable Krishna! I
entreat you, let this son of Abhimanyu come to life.”
“यथा सत्यं च धर्मश्च मयि नित्यं प्रतिष्ठितौ।
प्रापद्यत स चेतनाम्॥
as all beings are looking on, I will bring this (dead child) to life. ‘If Truth
and Right are firmly established in me for all time, let this child born of
Abhimanyu come to life.’ As soon as he was touched by Krishna with these words,
the dead child attained consciousness.
days thereafter, Yudhishthira, the Kuru king, thought of performing the
विदुरं द्रौपदीं तथा।
Yudhishthira had performed the final ablution after the last horse-sacrifice
(of his), Lord Krishna took leave, somewhat in sorrow, of Kunti, Dhritarashtra,
Gandhari, Vidura, Draupadi, Vyasa and the other sages and ministers. He patted Subhadra and Uttara with her son,
left (Yudhishthira’s ) palace and mounted his chariot.
that occasion, the Kuru king, Yudhishthira, himself took hold of the reins (of
the horses of Krishna’s chariot); getting into the chariot, Arjuna took a
beautiful chowrie; Bhima held Krishna’s umbrella and Nakula and Sahadeva also
attended upon Krishna, waving two white chowries.
परिष्वज्य च पाण्डवान्।
they had traversed three yojanas, Krishna embraced the Pandavas, gave leave to
all of them who had bowed to Him, and went to Dwaraka. [Note: a yojana is about
हृदि कृत्वा जनार्दनम्।
the righteous Yudhishthira enshrined Krishna in his heart and lived devoted to
Him, performing his duties with mind fixed on Him, worhipping Him and
completely absorbed in Him.
THE ASWAMEDHIKA PARVA