Mahabharata (English)

by Kisari Mohan Ganguli | 2,566,952 words | ISBN-10: 8121505933

The English translation of the Mahabharata is a large text describing ancient India. It is authored by Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa and contains the records of ancient humans. Also, it documents the fate of the Kauravas and the Pandavas family. Another part of the large contents, deal with many philosophical dialogues such as the goals of life. Book...

Section CXXII

"Narada said,

'As soon as that bull among men, king Yayati was recognised by those virtuous persons, he rose again to heaven, without having had to touch the surface of the earth. And he regained his celestial form and had all his anxieties entirely dispelled. And he rose again, decked with celestial garlands and robes, adorned with celestial ornaments, sprinkled with celestial scents, and furnished with heavenly attributes, and without having been compelled to touch the earth with his feet.

Meanwhile, Vasumanas who was celebrated in the world for his liberality, first addressing the king, uttered these words in a loud voice,

'The merit that I have won on earth by my unblamable conduct towards men of all orders, I give unto you. Be it all thine, O king. The merit that one wins by liberality and forgiveness, the merit that is mine in consequence of the sacrifices I have performed, let all that also be thine.'

After this, Pratardana, that bull among Kshatriyas, said,

'Ever devoted to virtue as also to war, the fame that has here been mine as a Kshatriya, in consequence of the appellation of hero (by which I am known),—be that merit thine.'

After this, Sivi, the intelligent son of Usinara, said these sweet words,

'Unto children and women in jest, danger, or calamity, in distress, or at dice, I have never spoken a falsehood. By that truth which I never sacrificed ascend you to heaven. I can, O king, give up all objects of desire and enjoyment, my kingdom, yea, life itself, but truth I cannot give up. By that truth, ascend you to heaven; that truth for which Dharma, that truth for which agni, that truth for which he of a hundred sacrifices, have each been gratified with me, by that truth ascend you to heaven.'

And lastly, the royal sage Ashtaka, the offspring of Kusika’s son and Madhavi, addressing Nahusha’s son Yayati who had performed many hundreds of sacrifices, said,

'I have, O lord, performed hundreds of Pundarika, Gosava and Vajapeya sacrifices. Take you the merit of these. Wealth, gems, robes, I have spared nothing for the performance of sacrifices. By that truth ascend you to heaven.'

And that king thereupon leaving the earth, began to ascend towards heaven, higher and higher, as those daughter’s sons of his, one after another, said those words unto him. And it was thus that those kings by their good acts, speedily saved Yayati, who had been hurled from heaven. It was thus that those daughter’s sons born in four royal lines, those multipliers of their races, by means of their virtues, sacrifices, and gifts, caused their wise maternal grandfather to ascend again to heaven.

And those monarchs jointly said,

'Endued with the attributes of royalty and possessed of every virtue, we are, O king, your daughter’s sons! (By virtue of our good deeds) ascend you to heaven.'"


This concludes Section CXXII of Book 5 (Udyoga Parva) of the Mahabharata, of which an English translation is presented on this page. This book is famous as one of the Itihasa, similair in content to the eighteen Puranas. Book 5 is one of the eighteen books comprising roughly 100,000 Sanskrit metrical verses.

FAQ (frequently asked questions):

Which keywords occur in Section CXXII of Book 5 of the Mahabharata?

The most relevant definitions are: Yayati, Kshatriya, Narada, Pratardana, Kshatriyas, Sivi; since these occur the most in Book 5, Section CXXII. There are a total of 16 unique keywords found in this section mentioned 19 times.

What is the name of the Parva containing Section CXXII of Book 5?

Section CXXII is part of the Bhagavat-Yana Parva which itself is a sub-section of Book 5 (Udyoga Parva). The Bhagavat-Yana Parva contains a total of 89 sections while Book 5 contains a total of 4 such Parvas.

Can I buy a print edition of Section CXXII as contained in Book 5?

Yes! The print edition of the Mahabharata contains the English translation of Section CXXII of Book 5 and can be bought on the main page. The author is Kisari Mohan Ganguli and the latest edition (including Section CXXII) is from 2012.

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