THE POET’S OWN WORDS
A. M. SRINIVASACHARIAR
Raghavan M.A., Ph.D.
प्राप्य धर्मराज उवाच ह।
सत्यमेवं ब्रवीमि वः।
स्वर्गो मतो मम॥’
गम्यतां तत्र मा चिरम्।’
where your brothers are, go there; let there be no delay.” So saying to
Yudhishthira, the gods then commissioned a divine messenger to show
Yudhishthira his friends.
the gods walked the inauspicious and impassable path of (hell), taken by the
tortures of the sinful.
thus got to go?”
“Thus far is your progress.”
distress from all sides: “Oh royal saint! son of Dharma! Stop for a while: when
you, scion of Kuru, stand (before us), the torture does not affict us.”
स च युधिष्ठिरः।
stopped. He said (then): “Who are you?
Why are you here?”
by these high-souled persons that they are in this stinking and very frightful
Dharma. Burning with poignant grief, he addressed the messenger of the gods:
भ्रातरो हि मे॥
there (to heaven); I am staying (here, in hell); for, by my association, these
brothers of mine who are afflicted become happy.”
तु व्यगमत्तत्तमो [नृप]
while, that darkness (of hell) disappeared; tortures were not seen; and a pure
breeze then blew.
राजा स्थितोऽभवत् ॥
श्रुणु चेदं वचो मम।
angry; hear these words of mine: Hell must be seen by all kings without fail;
it is under cover of some pretext that you deceived Drona in respect of his
son; hence has hell been shown to you through some pretext.
एषा देवनदी पुण्या पार्थ
for whom you grieve. Yudhishthira, here
is the holy Ganges, the celestial river, the purifier of the three worlds. By your bathing here, your mortal nature will
प्रश्नाद् द्वैतवने मया।
with you. Previously, you were tested by
me with questions in the Dvaita forest; again, I tested you there (in your
journey to heaven), taking the form of a dog; and this is the third test,
(which you have stood) by your desiring to stand for the good of your brothers. Son of Kunti! King! your brothers do not
deserve hell; come, come, you best of the Bharatas! See them gone to heaven.”
celestial river, the Ganges that is lauded by the sages, king Yudhishthira cast
off his mortal frame.
gods and sages, Yudhishthira saw there Krishna, along with the lustrous Arjuna;
he saw then in another place Karna, the best of warriors; then Bhimasena,
endowed with a divine form, Nakula and Sahadeva and similarly Draupadi,
garlanded with lotuses and lilies.
Vasus himself. Drona became one with
Brihaspati, the foremost of the sons of Angiras. Dhritarashtra attained the worlds of Kubera
so hard to attain. Accompanied by his
two wives, Pandu went to the great Indra’s abode. Karna who was killed (in the battle) entered
the Sun. All the sons of Dhritarashtra joined the demons. Vidura entered god
Dharma, and so also king Yudhishthira. And Krishna who was an incarnation of
that eternal God of gods known as Narayana, entered (that Narayana) at the end
of His mission (on earth).
कृष्णेन मुनिना [विप्र] निर्मितं सत्यवादिना।
कीर्तिं प्रथयता लोके पाण्डवानां महात्मनाम्।
क्रीडां च वासुदेवस्य देवदेवस्य शार्ङ्गिणः॥
Pandavas, composed by the sage Vyasa, the expounder of Truth, who spread in
this world the glory of the high-souled Pandavas and the sports of the
Sarnga-bowed Vasudeva, the God of gods.
महाभारतमाख्याय सर्वपापैः प्रमुच्यते॥
धर्मे चार्थे च कामे च मोक्षे
यदिहास्ति तदन्यत्र यन्नेहास्ति न कुत्रचित्॥
found here in this Epic may be found elsewhere, what is not here can be seen
वाच्यते यत्र सततं जयाख्यं भारतं महत्।
श्रीश्च कीर्तिश्च विद्या च भवन्ति मुदितास्सदा॥
read, there Prosperity, Fame and Learning are present always with happiness.
THUS ENDS THE