“Sanjaya said, ‘During the progress of the fierce engagement, Bhima,while fighting along, being encompassed by innumerable foes, addressedhis driver, saying, “Bear me into the midst of the Dhartarashtra host.Proceed, O charioteer, with speed, borne by these steeds.
“Dhritarashtra said, ‘In that awful and fathomless encounter of thePandavas and the Srinjayas with the warriors of my army, when Dhananjaya,O sire, proceeded for battle, how, indeed, did the fight occur?’
“Sanjaya said, ‘Hearing these words of Keshava, O Bharata, Vibhatsu sooncast off his anxiety and became cheerful.
“Sanjaya said, ‘Once more Keshava of immeasurable soul said these wordsunto Arjuna, who, O Bharata, was advancing (to battle), firmly resolvedupon slaying Karna, ‘Today is the seventeenth day, O Bharata, of thisterrible massacre of men and elephants and steeds.
“Sanjaya said, ‘Having with a cheerful heart gratified king Yudhishthirathe just, Partha, prepared to slay the Suta’s son, addressed Govinda,saying, “Let my car be once more equipped and let my foremost of steedsbe yoked thereto.
“Sanjaya said, ‘Having heard these joyful words of king Yudhishthira,Govinda of virtuous soul, that delighter of the Yadus, then addressedPartha.
“Sanjaya said, ‘Thus addressed by Janardana, Pritha’s son Arjuna,applauding those counsels of his friend, then vehemently addressed kingYudhishthira the just, in language that was harsh and the like of whichhe had never used before.
“Sanjaya said, ‘Thus addressed by Yudhishthira, Kunti’s son owning whitesteeds, filled with rage, drew his sword for slaying that bull ofBharata’s race.
“Sanjaya said, ‘Hearing that Karna of mighty energy was still alive,Pritha’s son Yudhishthira of immeasurable energy, exceedingly angry withPhalguna and burning with the shafts of
“Sanjaya said, ‘Hearing these words of the righteous king who had beenfilled with anger, that high-souled atiratha, Jishnu of infinite energy,replied unto the invincible Yudhishthira of great might, saying, “Whilebattling with the samsaptakas today,