THE SUE FOR PEACE
The Anunnaki and the Pandava were coming to a head with their
battles, all being equal in weaponry, so no contest could be had.
But they both realized one thing, the people over whom they fought
their battles could take no more.
Sodom out of necessity had been
destroyed as the people degenerated into final moral depravity with
disease abounding. Draupadi had suffered death and since the Middle
East was the objective it was slowly being destroyed by all their
The Anunnaki knew they had not the power to
continue indefinitely nor could they do so under the sun.
These "Sons of Darkness" were being
hoist by their own pitard. Both sides had suffered enough; the
Pandava with the death of Draupadi which was enough right there.
Many of the officers of the Anunnaki,
those with the 'taint' of man, wanted to sue for peace, the Kurus,
and they all assembled in their great assembly hall, probably in On,
as they and the family of Indra entered. The "hall appeared like a
mountain cavern with lions." Their officers were men, not Gods, and
they personally addressed the latter in the name of the people. They
could no longer endure the warfare anymore.
An envoy had been dispatched to the Pandava who returned, wearing
earrings, and jumping off the chariot, entered the assembly.
Dhrtarastra (Indra), bid him tell what news the Pandava sent.
The message had come from Arjuna, whom
the messenger, said had "red lotus eyes" when he spoke, the message
in part reading:
"If the Dhartarastro fails to
surrender the realm to Yudhisthira Ajamidha. then surely there
has been evil committed that is yet unatoned by the
To battle with Bhima and Arjuna,
with the Asvins' sons and Vasudeva, with the son of Sinin who
has token up arms, with Dhrstadyumna and with Sikhandin. with
the Indra-like Yudhisthira who with one cross thought can burn
heaven and earth - If Duiyodhana fancies to battle with
them, then the Pandavas purpose is amply fulfilled!
Do nothing to help the Pandavas'
cause, rather come and make war. if you fancy that! If the
Pandava. heeding the Law, bedded down, exiled to the woods, on a
bed of sorrow, Dhrtarastra's son shall lie down and die on a
sorrier bed that shall be his last When the Pandava's eldest,
whose soul is honed and whose mind excited, unleashes the wrath
that has seethed for many dread years on the Kurus,
Dhartarastro's sort shall rue that he warred.
black-trailed fire that is lit in the summer blazing forth burns
down a deadwood's trees.
Yudhisthira shall with a glance burn
down Duiyodhana s host when his fury is kindled. When the
Dhariarostra behold Bhimasena in bottle spewing the venom of
rage, the intransigent, club-wielding Pandava of terrible speed,
he shall rue this war. When Bhima. wielding his club, set upon
Duryodhona's army, of fearful aspect almighty lion invading a
cowpen, and smiles them, Duiyodhana'll rue this war..."
I think the latter draws the picture
here as the men of Indra will continue to fight with whomever they
can get to side with them, but the Pandavas will be forced to
destroy all if the madness continues and this may be what eventually
One more addition to the speech of
Arjuna was a direct reference to the sons who were captured in On,
their children by Draupadi, who would eventually be used by Siva to
his evil designs,
"When the Kaurava sees the five
child heroes, not like children at all in the use of their
weapons, abandoning life to fight the Kekayas, then the
Dhartarastro shall rue this war...
When he sees all of Draupadi's sons,
great archers, sharp warriors and heroes in chariot battles, who
advance like cobras of virulent poison, then the Dhartarastra
shall rue this was... when he sees Abhimanyu, a child but no
child in gallantry, storm on the enemy host like death, that
matchless and weapon-wise youth, then the Dhartarastra shall rue
When the agile Probhadraka youths,
whose might is like that of lions, experienced fighters, smite
the Dhartarastras with all their hosts, then the Dhartarastra
shall rue this war. When the armored Sikhandin. mowing down
warriors, on his chariot makes this attack on Bhisma, with
celestial horses trampling the fighters, then the Dhartarastra
will rue this war.
When he sees in the midst of the
Snijaya bands at their head the gloating Dhrastadyumna, to whom
the sagacious Drona revealed the secret weapon, Duiyodhana'll
rue it... When he sees the chariot, gem-studded, golden, with
while steeds yoked, with the monkey banner, on the battlefield
driven by Kesava, then that foolish and uncontrolled churl shall
Given who his sons were, one being King
Tutankhamen, those who have seen their pictures and statuary in
Egyptian artwork with battle scenes depicted, disbelieve, stating it
is just bravado as they are very youthful appearing, still what we
today call teenagers.
But they were far advanced mentally,
more so than the Anunnaki, who matured too fast and had spent all
their intelligence by age thirty as the body and brain did not
develop together. The children of the Ennead had more years of
development and appeared too young for such intelligence, but their
maturity was more thorough and even when young were far advanced in
intelligence than an eighty year old of Indra's offspring.
I would say that the age of King
Tutankhamen in his youthful portrayals is a person at least 50 years
old or more. Remember, also, time was in longer lengths here. He may
be over five hundred years old.
Two of the "unborn", the original fathers, appeared and Krsna spoke
"Would that the destruction of the
Kurus did not loom but your spirit, son, has veered away from
Law and Profit1. If you will not heed my words, you shall hear
that very many have fallen, for all the Kurus wail on your
opinion alone. Of only three do you accept the views, bull of
the Bharatas: of Kama, who has been cursed by Rama, that
low-caste son of a suta; of Sakuni Saubala: and of that base and
evil brother of yours, Duhsasana."
"Long-lived grandfather, do not talk
of me like that! For I abide by the Law of The baronage without
forsaking my own. Where have I conducted myself ill that you
berate me? The Dhartarastras know of no misdeeds of mine
anywhere, rather all that I do is to please King Dhratarastra...
One of the great-Gods then spoke saying
that they must remember the good deeds the Pandava did to help them,
"there are a good many lies, bull of
the Bharatas, that this braggart who has always lacked in Law
and Profit likes lo voice! Good luck to thee!" he said to Indra
of his son, adding, "Sire, best of the Bharatas, do as Bhisma
says, and do not follow instead the advice of those who seek
their own profit. I think we should negotiate with the Pandavas
before we wage war. I know that Arjuna Pandava will do
everything that he has said and that Samjaya has reported, for
that archer has no equal in all three worlds!"
But Indra ignored them and asked the
envoy of his opinion and it was then the officers, the "Kurus",
"lost hope of their lives." The Egyptian Empire was seeing its final
The Pandava were amassing great armies to do battle and,
"the Pancalas, Kekayas, and Matsyas,
down to the cowherds and shepherds, salute Yudhisthira Pandava,
who brings them joy. Brahmin ladies, princesses, and the
commoners daughters crowd together in play lo gaze upon the
Pandava, who is girt for war."
When the assembly heard of their great
strength, Siva, "heaved deep long sighs and seemed lo be lost in
thought" and even the envoy fainted!
After all recovered, the envoy then went
on to describe all the warriors they had mustered, all no match for
"All the ones you have mentioned,"
said Indra to him, "are men of great enterprise, yet all of them
together are one lo one with Bhima. I have as great a fear of
Bhimasena angry and intolerant as a sturdy antelope has of a
I woke through oil the nights
heaving deep, hot sighs from fear of the Wolf-Belly, as a weak
onhnol fears a lion, for I see no one in this army who could
endure in bottle that strong-armed man, whose splendor matches
This son of Pandu and Kunti is
truculent, determinedly hostile; he does not laugh 01 jokes: he
is mod: he looks straight ahead, bellowing his roar. His speed,
enterprise, arms, and strength are oil great, and he will put an
end to my stupid sons in battle. When he brandishes his club,
his enemies are struck with paralysis in their thighs: the bull
of the Kurus is like staff-wielding Death in battle."
He then made a very true statement
concerning the state of man,
"What am I to do, how am I to do it.
where am I going, Somjoya? The foolish Kurus are perishing in
the clutches of Time. Powerless before the death of my one
hundred sons, friend, I hear the wailing of the women - why, let
death seize me too!"
Death, unknown in Egypt was now
Indra was so correct when he made the following statement, one of
the major problems of this war:
"there would be a terrible battle,
but no victory on anyone's part. For oil are weapon-wise
champions and have earned great fame. They might refuse the
overlordship over all the Immortals, but not victory. Surely
peace will reign only if they are killed, or Pholguna is killed;
yet neither Arjuna's defeat is at hand, nor his slayer. How will
his fury calm down when he has risen agonist my dim-witted
No one would ever win these contests for
they were all evenly matched with their "celestial weapons".
He bemoaned that they had no great
weapon as the "Gondiva", one of the mighty weapons of this war, but
they would soon devise other ways of surpassing their weaknesses.
They worried that their weaponry left
aftermaths of wreakage, but the Pandava knew how to develop weapons
that would not be a detriment to the environment, something pointed
out throughout the Veda,
"We have no bow like that at all, no
warrior, no charioteer, but the dimwits who follow Duiyodhanos
lead don't see it. The burning thunderbolt, when sinking the
head, may leave some remnant, Samjayo, but the arrows shot by
the Diodemed One leave nothing."
They also had another problem to
surmount, the Pandava themselves who were more astute in matters
than they and "masters of their senses" as Indra states here, being
more genetically stable,
"A fool is bound to die if he does
not avoid the Pandava fire! Thai king is a loll thin flame with
the glow of refined gold, and he shall put an end to my nitwit
sons in the bottle."
To which Siva replied,
"the lime has come now; but for
what? Submission? Flight? Or shall we fight back at the enemies
at the risk of our lives? If we fight bock, we are certain to be
defeated, for oil the kings of earth are under Yudhisthiro's
sway. Our kingdom is disaffected, our allies are angry, we are
reviled by oil kings and all our kinfolk.
There is no shame in submission to
relatives for years everlasting. Nevertheless, I am sorry for my
father, the lord of the people, who has the eyesight of insight:
because of me he has found grief and come upon trouble without
end. Indeed, your sons have blocked the others in order to
please me - you have always known that, best of men.
The warlike Pandavas will seek
revenge by eradicating the house of Dhrolorastro and his
councilors!... When others threaten us, we have nothing to fear,
enemy-burner. The others are not able to defeat us in bottle,
prince. Each of us singly con defeat any of the kings. Let them
come! We shall wipe out their pride with sharp arrows."
Said the narrator,
"that was the
decision of those boundlessly august men, at a time when the entire
earth was in the power of their enemies."
It seems all of Indra's sons were bent on war and he was much
displeased knowing what they would all be up against,
"Lost are my sons, all of them,
those fools, those crooked gamblers who will have to fight
mighty Bhimo in a pitched bottle! All the kings of the earth
have been consecrated by the Law of Time and will fly into the
fire of Gondiva as moths into a flame. I already con see the
army routed by those great-spirited avengers! Who is going to
follow an army that has been shuttered by the Pandavas on the
"We of both parties are of the same
stock, we both walk the earth, so why do you think that victory
can only come to the Pandavas?... All of the earth has been
created for me to put the Pandavas to flight, those noble
steadfast champions, who are like fires themselves. The Pandavas
cannot even face my troops, for I am fully capable of fighting
the Pandavas and their sons."
Siva became insatiable and his father
could not dissuade him or make him understand in his youthful
exuberance, how the Pandava outweighed them in war.
"My son is raving like a madmen.
Somjaya, for he will not be able to defeat in bottle Yudhisthira
the King Dhorma! Bhisma indeed has always known how strong the
famous, great-spirited and law wise Pandavas and their sons
really are. This is why I do not favor war with those men of
Their defenses far outstripped them even
their aerial support,
"for the celestial chariot of the
Govinda bowman is protected by the Gods."
Indra begged that they return to the
Pandava's their land for Siva was becoming drowned in his own
"Come look ol this army of yours,
son: it is a disease that sops you, but in your folly you don't
But Siva was adamant,
"I shall kill the Pandavas and rule
the earth. I should rather surrender my life, wealth, and realm
steadfast king, then ever dwell together with the Pandavas! We
shall not cede to the Pandavas as much land as you can prick
with the point of a sharp needle, father!"
His father in his frustration responded,
"I am sorry for all of you. good
men, if you are ready to follow this fool on the rood to the
kingdom of Yomol I reject Duryodhano (Siva - A.N.)! Like tigers
among herds of antelopes, these champion warriors, these sons of
Pandu, will close ranks and kill oil your leaders...
If you do not make peace with the
Pandavas, great peril will be upon you, and instead you will
find your peace when yon hove been killed by Bliimoseno's club.
When you see the army of the Kurus felled on the battlefield
like a large forest that has been cut. then you shall remember
They had aircraft much more powerful, as
Enlil had a "chariot" that "has no equal in splendor on
four-bordered earth and with its monsoon-like sound strikes terror
in his enemies when people hear its thunder".
But Siva considered himself superior,
"in me are superior wisdom, superior
might, superior prowess, superior knowledge, and superior Yogo,
which lift me above them. Grandfather, Drono, Krpo, Saiyo, and
Sala, whatever they know about weapons is lodged with me."
Indra then explains what a very young
man of ages past had done, namely himself, when he got too confident
and forsook the advice of his elders. Here we may see what in part
happened at the first Fall:
"When Rama of old found out that I
lied to obtain from him the Brahma-Head missile, He said to me,
"When, at the end of your days you call it you will not remember
Albeith I had wronged him, it was with a
bow that the guru of seers put his curse on me, though the seer of
fiery splendor was able to set all of earth with her oceans on fire!
And later his mind was placated by me
with a student's obedience and masculine valor. That weapon is still
completely with me - I am capable therefore: the burden is mine."
I believe what he meant was that he did
not know how to master the weapon and it caused all of his physical
problems, namely his blindness, and that which stood before him, his
son. When he had tried to save the goddesses he did so in haste but
he had no other choice it seems and suffered for the deed; the
weapon's effects would always be with him and he did not want to see
the earth go through what it did before from a nuclear war.
One of the Gods, Vidura. stated,
"when kinsmen get to quarreling over
possessions, they fall victim to their enemies, like these
birds, because of their quarreling. Kinsmen should eat together,
riddle together, come together, but never contend with one
another... But they who have obtained wealth that stretches and
stretches, and yet act meanly, hand their fortune over to their
This was the saddest part of all this,
they were all related.
They then discussed the disc that hung
in the sky as Sanjaya said,
"the discus of the spirited Vasudeva,
which for the nonce is hidden in the sky, works by magic, my
lord. While it is concealed from the Pandavas, they respect it
highly. Listen to me as I tell you in brief their strengths and
He then told how it controlled all
living creatures and a reference to the magnetic pull,
"the blessed Kesava by his own Yoga
makes go around and around, ceaselessly, the Wheel of the World,
the Wheel of the Eons."
Rama himself then returned to the earth,
"The Coming of the Lord' as the
chapter states. He and his sons were against the idea of war.
but they did not want to have to remain without their kingdom."
We want neither to renounce our kingdom
nor ruin the family. Peace by surrender is preferable. Those who
strive at all do not want war; only if their peaceful overtures are
rebuffed is war inevitable. When negotiations fail, the consequences
are dreadful. The wise have noticed that it is the same as in a mess
It starts with wagging of tails, then a
bark, a bark in reply, backing off, baring the teeth, loud barking,
and then the fight; and the stronger one eats the meat, Krsna. It is
the same with people, there is no difference at all...
But Dhrtarastra's love for his son is
great, Madhava, and as long as he is in his son's power, he will
violate our surrender."
Rama further stated that he would
himself go to the assembly and,
"I shall free the Kurus and Smjayas
from the noose of death, free the Pandavas and Dhartaratras, and
all of earth."
The "blessed Lord' continued, in part,
"there is not a choice that they
will treat you on an equal footing, lord of The people, for they
think that with Bhisma, Drona, Krpa, and so forth they are
stronger. As long as you treat them with kindness, king, they
will keep your kingdom away from you, enemy-tamer. No sympathy,
no pusillanimity, no reasons of Law aid Profit will mote the
Dhartarasiras do lo your desire, enemy-tamer."
He reminded him of when they were in the
assembly hall in disgrace and their people cried openly at their
"The kings and brahmins did not
congratulate him; no, all there in the hall blamed Duryodhana...
that very moment, king, when he stood condemned for his
shamelessness before all the kings on earth, he was dead,
Maharaja!... He should be killed like a snake, that
evil-minded man ignoble to all the world."
"Evil by nature, in mind no better
than a dasyu, drunk with intoxication of power, engaged in a
feud with the Pandavas, shortsighted, cruel-spoken, quick to
deceive, with merciless power, he'd die before sharing his
wealth, and he will not give up what he thinks is his... Now
this Duryodhana has been gathered up by Time, a vile, evil man,
to be the coal that burns up our lineage and that of the Kurus
at the end of the Eon."
They had tried so hard to get man back
on the road to recovery, now all that would be lost.
Yudhisthira then spoke again and a
"terrifying lion's roar rose from all the warriors there. On all
sides the heroes applauded his words shouting "Right! Right!"
All the Gods put forth their opinions at
their assembly, Vaisompayana said,
"Those who know the Law know that
just as it is a sin to kill one who does not deserve il, so a
sin is found in not killing one who does deserve il. So see to
it, Krsna, that this sin does not touch you, the Pandavas, and
the Srnjoyas with their troops, Dasarha!"
Draupadi entered the hall and spoke as
all eyes turned on her,
"Jonordana, you are well aware of
those grievances-save me again, lotus-eyed one, with brothers,
kinsmen, and relations!... This hair was pulled by Duhsasano's
bonds, lotus-eyed lord; remember it at all times when you seek
peace with the enemies!"
To which strong-armed Kesava said to her
"Soon, Krsna, you shall see the
women of lire Bharatas weep! They shall timid women, weep for
their kinsmen and relatives who are killed. They at whom you are
enraged, radiant woman, have already lost their friends and
troops. I along with Bhima, Arjuna, and The twins will act as
Yudhisthira orders and as ordained fate allows.
If The Dhartorastras, cooked in the
fire of Time, do not listen to my words, they shall lie killed
on the earth as fodder for dogs and jackals. Mount Himalaya may
walk, Earth split into a hundred pieces, Heaven fall with its
stars, before my words are false! I promise you this truth,
Krsna: slop your tears, for soon you shall see your husbands
rejoined with their fortune and their enemies slain."
Rama then approached his "celestial
chariot" that "had a good sound' and "ascended that chariot, which
resembled a peak of the Meru (a chariot shaped like a missile? This
is why words as 'chariot' are slang for airships, which makes these
writings difficult. A.N.) and thundered like clouds and drums, as
after death a man of merit ascends a celestial chariot".
The latter is quite indicative of how we
have associated death by going to the heavens above for as we will
see, many dead did literally go above, but not in the manner of a
The brothers spoke of their mother held
captured in On.
"loving mother to her sons and
beloved of us... Madhava, suffered hardships con stoutly, though
she deserved none - ask her her health". On this Rama then made
As Rama entered On, the people met him with accolades and
honors. And to show his power he put on quite a show for the
Anunnaki: "In a clear sky there was thunder and lightning;
without clouds Parjanya mined fierce showers behind him. The
great and noble rivers that flow east reversed their course.
Space was upside down and no directions could be made out. Fires
flared up, king, earth shook, wells and jars by the hundreds
brimmed over and poured forth water. The entire world was
covered with darkness, and dust obscured all points of space.
A mighty noise exploded in the sky,
but not a body was lo be seen anywhere, king; it was a great
marvel... Along the road women came up lo The great-spirited
savior of all and scattered fragrant forest flowers over him."
He made his point and Bhisma favored a
truce with the Pandava.
But Siva would have none of it,
"King, there is no circumstance in
which I could share this fortune, which is solely mine, with the
Pandavas and go on living with the living, grandfather!"
He then proposed something bold:
"Listen to what I have determined is
my important task: I shall take captive Janardana, who is the
last resort of the Pandavas. With him in fetters, the Vrsnis.
the earth, and the Pandavas will submit lo me. Tomorrow morning
he will be here. Tell me sir, by what means Janardana can be
prevented from finding out so that no harm comes to us." Indra
was totally against it as the man was an "envoy and our dear
Bhisma could not believe his ears,
"Dhrtarostra, this demented son of
yours is possessed! His friends plead with him, and still he
chooses disaster over profit!. ... I refuse to listen to any
more nonsense .from this evil, cruel brute who has thrown over
In anger, he rose and left.
On was lavished with decorations and everyone appeared to see the
Great God and his officers. Rama led the way as they entered Indra's
white house with pavilions, going through three palace enclosures.
Indra and his kinsmen rose from their seats at his approach and
saluted and offered a golden throne for him while the latter "jested
with the Kurus" and began a conversation with them as they
After the honor ceremony Rama excused
himself and left, while his host. Govinda, asked the health of his
sons and then took him on his most important meeting, and which
probably meant more to him than any other, to see his wife. Devasena
stood in a room when he entered like a "serene sun". They embraced
and she burst into tears.
After seating themselves she said in a
"Krsna, how have the
great-spirited sons of Pandu lived in the forest, a life they
did not deserve? From boyhood they were eager to obey their
elders, la one another they were respected friends and of the
same mind; but driven from their rule by deceit, they went into
the desolate forest, although they deserved the company of
They had subdued their angers and
their joys, they were brahmininc, they spoke the truth -
then the Parlhas relinquished pleasures and comforts and,
leaving me behind in tears, look my heart with il roots with
them as they went into the forest."
She would be known by the Egyptians,
quite appropriately as the "Lady of On".
"And Draupadi. beloved of all my
sons. Janardana, high-born, of fine character and endowed with
all virtues, a true woman who chose the life of her husbands
over that of her sons, and left her dear sons behind lo follow
the Pandavas, born of high family, honored with all she could
desire, a lady beautiful in oil respects - how is Draupadi, Acyuta?"
She states it is the fourteenth year she
has not seen her. She too knew what her husbands did, that there
would be no real contest in this type of war.
"Never have I made any distinction
between Dhartarastras and Pandaws: and by this truth I swear to.
Krsna, may I see you and the Pandavas survive this war with your
enemies slain and fortune around you! Not that they can be
defeated, their mettle being what it is... nothing hurls me like
being without my sons."
"The Pandavas and Krsna salute the
lady. They convey that they are in good health and ask about
yours. You shall soon see the Pandavas healthy and successful in
all their affairs, masters of the entire world, with their
enemies slain and fortune around them."
She then answered,
"In our family you are the Law, you
are the truth, you are great ascetic power, you are the savior,
you the great Brahman - on you rests everything. It will be as
you say: in you will be the truth."
He then sadly left and returned to
There negotiations were resumed. Dinner
was offered Rama, but he declined. Siva took this as an insult.
"Lotus eyed" Govinda with his deep, resonant voice that "sounded
-like flood and cloud" with words that were fully articulated, said.
"Envoys eat and accept homage when
they have succeeded. When I have succeeded, you and your
councilors shall honor me, Bharata."
But Indra said it was not right for them
"act improperly toward us. Whether
you be successful or not."
But Rama said he would not break the Law
as he had no affection for him,
"Alt this good I consider spoiled
for me and inedible. I have decided I shall eat only the
In other words, he would only eat kosher
foods with those he admired and would not break bread with those he
Going by Egyptian cuisine at this time,
the introduction of heavily fatted meats and unhealthy foods made a
strong influence on the people who would not eat as an Anunnaki. The
Steward would serve Rama and his people. Even Joseph of the Bible
refuses to eat with the Pharaoh.
"the Steward fetched pure
and fine foods and drinks aplenty for the great-spirited Kesava."
That night he and Vidura had a conversation with the latter stating,
"Kesava, it was not a wise decision
of yours to come, Dhralaraslra's son has thrown Law and Profit
to the winds; he is an impetuous fool. Janardana, belittling
others and exalting himself, ignoring the commandments of his
elders, trampling the dictates of Law - an evil man possessed...
Earth is overturned and cooked by Time!"
Rama appreciated his opinion, but said,
"Steward. I came to the Kauravas
with .full knowledge of the wickedness of Dhrtrastra's son and
the enmity of The barons. But magnificent would be the Law of
him who were set free the whole upside-down earth with horses,
chariots, and elephants!...
If I can make peace between Kurus
and Pandus without hurting the cause of the Pandavas, I shall
have earned outstanding merit and set free the Kurus from
certain death... Also, all the kings of earth together do not
suffice to stand up to me in battle when I am angry, no more
than deer stand up to a lion!"
The next morning a "divine chariot" was
brought to take Rama to the hall.
The chariot made a noise like a "monsoon
cloud". As he rode through the city the people poured out to see
the "tamer of enemies" and "the mansions were crowded with
women who had come out on the balconies in large numbers that they
seemed to sway under the burden."
As he entered the assembly, one of Indra's officer's noticed out of the huge palace opening, the "seers
hovering in the sky." Rama's insurance!
He quickly hastened to Bhisma and said,
"Sire, the seers have come to watch this earthly
assembly. They should be invited and honored with seats and full
hospitality. No man can sit before they are sealed.
Let homage be paid at once to these sages, whose souls have been
How often they would be mentioned, known also as
Watchers in Biblical parlance.
Some did descend and the orderly
shouted to the servants, "Seals!" Rama greeted his kin and all sat
down. It was a momentous event, especially for the kings of the
earth who stared at Rama's olive green skin, "as though drinking
Elixir," so in awe were they as they were used to light-skinned
They mentioned his teeth sparkled, a
reference often made in Egyptian texts to the Gods and who wished
their teeth were as theirs.
Rama then spoke, as silence fell upon everyone.
"Do not destroy your subjects, king.
Restrain your sons who have gone too far in their greed,
thinking the profitless profitable and the profitable profitless
to themselves. The enemy-taming Partitas stand ready to obey,
and they stand ready to fight. Take your stand, enemy-killer, on
what is healthiest for you"
Everyone applauded and not one came
Indra urged his son to heed Rama's words and go to Enlil and make
peace. But other relatives said that as long as the Gandiva weapon
was at rest they had no reason to surrender. Known as the "Gigunu"
is Sumerian literature, it too had the same powers of carnage and
could turn night into day. make the waters rise and winds blow. Rama
was outraged, particularly when Siva then stated he had done no
wrong, that the Pandava had approved of the dicing, but it had been
a wrongful trick.
Rama could see there was no reaching
"You shall have your wish, you shall
find a hero's bed! Stand firm with your counselors; there shall
be a holocaust! You think you have not wronged the Pandavas,
He then told how their sons had been
deceived. Siva stormed off, "hissing like a great
His father's brother's were displeased also,
"I think the entire baronage is now
cooked by Time, for all the princes and their councilors follow
him in their folly," said one.
They even fetched Devasena whom they
hoped in her feminine ways could dissuade him.
"Fetch my sick son, who craves the
kingdom, immediately, for the kingdom cannot be ruled by a man
who scoffs at the Law and Profit. You yourself are very much to
blame in this matter, Dhartarastro, for out of love for your son
you followed his mind, while knowing that he is evil. Now,
obsessed with greed and anger and deluded, he can no longer
forcibly be turned around by you..."
But even the "Great Lady of On" could
Siva then plotted with his officers to forcefully take Rama and when
Indra heard it, he said,
"Those fools want to perpetrate a deed that
runs counter to Law and Profit and is abhorrent to honest men!"
One of Rama's brothers, Satzaki,
"divined the evil plan" and told one of his officers to make ready
the army and bid them to come as he would give them a display of
"The conch, discus, mace, spear,
horn-bow, plough, and the sword Nandaka were visible, and ail
manner of weapons upraised, blazing all around in Krsna's many
hands. From his eyes, nose and ears flickered most dreadful
flames that smoked, and rays as though from the sun burst forth
from the pores."
The Kurus kings "shut their eyes" as the
earth and oceans quaked.
Rama then left for his chariot with
Indra following him telling him he had no control over his sons and
wished for peace, to which Rama replied,
"You have witnessed what
happened in the assembly of the Kurus, how that foolish foul
repeatedly rose in anger. Rightly does King Dhartarastro call
himself powerless! I bid all of you farewell; I shall return to
The latter received the dire news and
then prepared his armies to march. He feared that the people of the
earth would be caught in the middle,
"There shall be a grisly and
gruesome holocaust of men. Il is fated and cannot be averted."
A training camp was started and officers
brought forth who knew the "entire four-pan Veda of weaponry" and
knew the "divine bows of the celestials."
One "sounded like a thundercloud and
seemed capable of terrifying the world".
Indra sent them a letter,
which stated in part,
"While I know full well the evils of
war which will bring on a holocaust, yet I cannot restrain my
deceitful son who cheated at gambling, nor act in my own
interest. I so have the insight that perceives the evil, bard,
but when I am with my son, my mind is perverted..."
Samjaya then said to the Pandava what
they all knew, that the bomb would sooner or later be dropped,
"or, indeed. The wind shall carry
off Meru, the sky shall fall on earth, the Eon shall turn
around, if what you said to me comes true1."
It came true.
1. THE MAHABHARATA-VOL. 4 & 5 - All
quotes from here.
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