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  Grudge!   Dhritrāshtra inquired: O Sanjaya, how is it that incomparably heroic Sātyaki, after having vanquished Drona, Karna & many other great heroes, could have been thrown down and dragged by Bhurisrāva, a much lesser warrior?   Sanjaya replied: O King! I will explain how this came to be. Surasena, the father Vasudeva, is a descendent in the Soma dynasty. Another son of Surasena is Sini. When Maharāj Devaka held a Swayamvara for his daughter, Devaki, Sini forcibly took her away on his chariot with the intention of handing her over to Vasudeva   Somadatta could not tolerate this & so he fought with Sini. Finally, after half the day had passed in battle. Sini threw Somadatta to the ground as they were wrestling. Then, as he held Somadatta by the hair, Sini drew his sword & kicked him in the head while thousands of kings watched. Sini then released Somadatta out of compassion, but thereafter Somadatta angrily sought revenge while worshipping Lord Siva   Lo
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  Supreme Dharma!   As Arjun cut off Bhurisravā’s arm, he spread a bed of arrows upon the ground with his left hand. Desiring to give up his life by following the vow known as Prāya (fasting until death), Bhurisravā sat down & began fixing his mind upon the Supreme Brahman while observing the vow of silence. Seeing this noble act, Kauravas began to praise Bhurisravā and condemn Sri Krsna & Arjun   Arjun could not tolerate hearing Dhārtarāshtrās speak like this & so he responded by saying: Do you not remember how I had vowed not to allow any of the principal Pāndava warriors to die in my presence? Why don’t you also consider how you had killed Abhimanyu after he was deprived of his armor & surrounded?   When Bhurisravā heard these words, he shamefully hung his head down. Sri Krsna, then gave the son of Somadutta His blessings saying: O great hero, you may now give up your material body without remorse. I guarantee that, after death, you will attain My transce
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  Pretense Vs Reality!   When Bhima saw Karna hiding behind a chariot, he waited for him to come out. Karna suddenly rushed out with a vengeance, bow in hand. As he was without weapon, Bhima hastily retreated, taking shelter amongst heaps of elephants that had been slaughtered by Arjun, since Karna’s chariot could not go there. Bhima picked one of dead elephants & held it over his head so that he looked like Hanumān holding a peak of Gandhamādana mountain. Karna cut that elephant to pieces with arrows & in retaliation, Bhima hurled at him whatever part of elephant’s body remained in his hands   Two warriors fought with each other with great gusto. Bhima remembered how Arjun had vowed to kill Karna & Karna also remembered his promise to Kunti devi, and so they desisted to attack one another fatally   Sri Krsna pointed out to Arjun that Yudhisthira has been left unprotected as Sātyaki also left him to fight. When he saw unfatigued Bhurisravā attacking Sātyaki (exh
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  Controller Vs being Controlled!   Duryodhana ordered seven more of his brothers to come to Karna’s rescue, but as they rushed at him, Bhima killed each one with a single arrow. Witnessing this, Vidura’s advice came to Karna’s mind, but still he mounted another chariot to continue fighting with Bhima, who cut-off Karna’s armor so that both warriors faced each other unclad & covered with blood   All others stopped fighting to watch this fascinating duel-even Sri Krsna, Arjun, Krpā, Asvattāma, & Bhurisravā. As Bhima continued to successfully counter Karna’s arrows, they applauded him very enthusiastically. Duryodhana ordered seven more brothers to come to Karna’s aid, including Vikarna & Chitrasena, and they soon surrounded Bhima   Bhima quickly released seven arrows that pierced their hearts & continued flying through air after taking away their lives. Actually, Bhima was very aggrieved that he had to kill Vikarna, for this pious son of Dhritrāshtra was very
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  Gain of intelligence Vs Loss of false ego!   As Duryodhana saw Karna dazed by Bhima’s incessant onslaught, he ordered his brother Durjaya to quickly go to Karna’s rescue. However, as Durjaya rushed towards Karna showering arrows, Bhima effortlessly killed him. While weeping in grief, Karna respectfully circumambulated Durjaya’s dead body & then mounted another chariot sent for him   Regaining composure, Karna once again attacked Bhima with arrows. Bhima suddenly hurled his mace, killing Karna’s horses & then knocked his flag & killed his driver, forcing him to abandon his chariot. After getting down, Karna stood on ground with bow in hand. Seeing that Karna was once again in vulnerable position, Duryodhana sent his brother Durmukha. As Bhima saw Durmukha coming, with nine arrows he sent him to the abode of Yamarāj With tears in eyes, Karna momentarily refrained from fighting   Bhima took advantage of this & pierced Karna deeply, forcing him to flee from th
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  Emotional outburst – It hurts!   Hearing Bhima’s roar, all Pāndava warriors triumphantly blew conch shells & shouted with joy. Duryodhana went to Drona on a swift chariot. With great anger he said: O Preceptor! Arjun, Sātyaki & Bhima have approached Jayadratha after vanquishing our soldiers. How could you let them defeat you & then pass right thro’ your army? Do you not know that all our warriors harshly criticize you for this grievous lapse? Anyways, let us forget what has passed. Now pls instruct me about what should be done for Jayadratha’s protection?   Drona replied: To protect Jayadratha is certainly our foremost duty, but I wish to remind you that all our present sufferings were brought about because you made Sakuni challenge Yudhisthira to gamble at the dice board. That dice game was the preliminary contest, but this war is the real gambling match wherein Jayadratha has become the stake & the deadly arrows are the dice. Go now, my dear Duryodhana &
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Protection!   Drona assumed that Bhima would offer him respect, just as Arjun had done. Still, as a matter of course, he challenged: O Bhima! Your brother Arjun had penetrated the Kaurava army with my permission, but even though you consider yourself a great hero, you will never be able to do so   Enraged Bhima responded: You wretch of Brahmana, although I formerly respected you like a father, I will now treat you as my enemy for speaking so abusively. He then violently hurled his mace, forcing Drona to jump & save himself from being smashed along with his chariot. As Bhima proceeded to inflict heavy causalities upon Kaurava army, Drona mounted another chariot   The Dhārtarāshtrās came & surrounded Bhima. While rushing at Bhima, Dushasana hurled a fierce spear. Bhima easily baffled it & then retaliated by killing seven of Dhritrāshtra’s sons. The remaining Dhārtarāshtrās continued to release showers of arrows, but when Bhima killed four more of the brothers, the