“Sanjaya said, ‘After Karna had thus been slain and the Kaurava troopshad fled away, he of Dasharha’s race, embracing Partha from joy, saidunto him these words: “Vritra was slain by thee.
“Sanjaya said, ‘Upon the fall of Karna otherwise called Vaikartana, theKauravas, afflicted with fear, fled away on all sides, casting their eyeson empty space.
“Sanjaya said, ‘The ruler of the Madras then, beholding thy son employedin rallying the troops, with fear depicted on his countenance and withheart stupefied with grief, said these words unto Duryodhana.
“Dhritarashtra said, ‘What was the aspect of the Kuru and the Srinjayahost on that awful day while it was crushed with arrows and scorched(with weapons) in that encounter between Karna and Arjuna and while itwas flying away from the field?’
“Sanjaya said, ‘Beholding the troops crushed with arrows in thatencounter between Karna and Arjuna, Shalya proceeded, filled with wrath,on that car divested of equipment.
“Sanjaya said, ‘Then Vasudeva, stationed on the car, addressed Karna,saying, “By good luck it is, O son of Radha, that thou rememberestvirtue! It is generally seen that they that are mean, when they sink intodistress, rail at Providence but never at their own misdeeds.
“Sanjaya said, ‘Flying away in consequence of the falling of Arjuna’sarrows, the broken divisions of the Kauravas, staying at a distance,continued to gaze at Arjuna’s weapon swelling with energy and careeringaround with the effulgence of lightning.
Sanjaya said, “Then when the blare of conchs and the peal of drums becamevery loud, those two foremost of men, both owning white steeds, thesuta’s son Vikartana and Arjuna, encountered each other in consequence, Oking, of thy son’s evil policy.
“Sanjaya said, ‘Meanwhile the welkin, filled with gods and Nagas andAsuras and Siddhas and Yakshas and with large bands of Gandharvas andRakshasas, and Asuras and regenerate Rishis and royal sages and birds ofexcellent feathers, assumed a wonderful aspect.
“Sanjaya said, ‘Beholding Vrishasena slain, Karna, filled with grief andrage, shed tears from his eyes for the death of his son. Endued withgreat energy, with eyes red as copper from rage, Karna proceeded in theface of his foe, having summoned Dhananjaya to battle.