Ashwamedhika Parva 2 – AnuGeeta
Krishna told Arjuna that the five breaths of life were prana, apana, samana, vyana, and udana. Prana and apana moved upward while vyana and samana move diagonally.
Yoga was like an arrow that can be used to slay the senses. One who immersed the soul in Yoga would achieve liberation. There are many kinds of Yoga, and all of them help to achieve the supreme Brahman. Krishna then told Arjuna that he was the Brahman. Krishna advised Arjuna to purify his soul of sins by following dharma.
Krishna then took the permission of Yudhishthira and left for Dwaraka. On the way, he met the sage Utanka. The sage was angry with Krishna for not saving the Kauravas and Pandavas even though they were related to him. He wanted to curse Krishna.
Krishna then revealed his true form as the Lord of the Universe to Utanka. He told the sage that he was the origin and the end of all beings. He blessed the sage and went on.
The sage Utanka once took divine earrings to give to Ahalya, the wife of sage Gautama. When he was eating fruits to satisfy his hunger, a snake stole the earrings and went inside a termite hill. The angry sage used his stick to burrow down the termite hill. Indra came there and gave the power of his Vajra to the stick. The sage then entered the world of serpents.
With the help of Jataveda, the teacher of his teacher, the sage created flames, causing panic in the serpent world. The snakes then returned the earrings, and Utanka gave the earrings to Gautama’s wife.
Meanwhile, Krishna reached Dwaraka and met his father, Vasudeva. He then recounted all that had happened during the 18 day war. He then told the story of the killing of Abhimanyu and ensured that Abhimanyu’s funeral rites were performed.
The Pandavas set out to the mountains to obtain the riches left behind by King Marutta. They then carried out rites to please Mahadeva. Finishing the rites, they started to dig for the riches. The amount of riches they found needed 60,000 camels, 120,000 horses, 100,000 elephants, with each load having thousands of coins.
In the meanwhile, Abhimanyu’s wife Uttara gave birth to a still-born child. Krishna who had come there consoled the grieving women. He then used his powers and brought back life to the dead child. Krishna then named the child Parikshit since the child was born to save a race from becoming extinct.
The horse sacrifice then began. The horse was released by Yudhishthira, and Arjuna accompanied the horse as it traversed across Bharatavarsha. Yudhishthira advised Arjuna to forge alliances with kings and avoid fights with them.
The Trigartas, whose fathers and grandfathers were killed by Arjuna opposed him. He tried to pacify them but when it failed, a full-fledged battle took place. He killed Ketuvarma and fought fiercely with the other Trigartas. They then decided to Yudhishthira’s supremacy.
Arjuna then went to Pragjyotisha, where Bhagadatta’s son Vajradatta seized the horse. There was a fierce fight between Arjuna and Vajradatta. Arjuna brought down Vajradatta’s elephant but assured the king that he would not slay him. Vajradatta then accepted Arjuna’s offer of visiting the horse sacrifice, and Arjuna proceeded on his way.
… to be continued