“Dhritarashtra said, ‘After having obtained the command of the army, andafter he had been addressed by the king himself in those sweet andbrotherly words, and after he had ordered the troops to be arrayed at thehour of sunrise, tell me, O Sanjaya, what did Vikartana’s son Karna do?’
“Dhritarashtra said, ‘Thou didst mention to me before the name of Pandya,that hero of world-wide celebrity, but his feats, O Sanjaya, in battlehave never been narrated by thee. Tell me today in detail of the prowessof that great hero, his skill, spirit, and energy, the measure of hismight, and his pride.’
“Sanjaya said, ‘Hearing, O sire, these words of Radha’s son who delightedin battle, Shalya once more addressed Karna, citing an example, “I amborn in the race of men who performed great sacrifices, who neverretreated from battle, who were kings whose coronal locks underwent thesacred bath.
“Sanjaya said, ‘During the progress of that battle in which so manyKshatriyas sank down, the loud twang of Gandiva, O sire, was heard abovethe din on that spot, O king, where the son of Pandu was engaged inslaughtering the samsaptakas, the Kosalas, and the Narayana forces.
“Dhritarashtra said, ‘When Bhima and Pandu’s son Yudhishthira wereengaged in battle, when my troops were being slaughtered by the Pandusand the Srinjayas, when, indeed, my vast army being broken and routedrepeatedly became cheerless, tell me, O Sanjaya, what the Kauravas did.’
Janamejaya said, “Having heard of Karna’s fall and the slaughter of hissons, what, O foremost of regenerate ones, did the king say, after he hadbeen a little comforted? Indeed, poignant was the grief that heexperienced, arising from the calamity that befell his sons! Tell me, Iask thee, all that the king said on that occasion!”
“Sanjaya said, ‘The world regards thee to be equal to Yayati the son ofNahusha, in beauty, birth, fame, asceticism, and learning! Indeed, inlearning, thou art, O king, like a great rishi, highly accomplished andcrowned with success! Summon thy fortitude! Do not yield to grief!’