289 chapter (overall). Ch 64 of Sabha Parva
Reading of Chapter 289 (overall), chapter 64 (within the Sabha Parva)
(Dyuta Parva: 27th Parva as per the 100-Parva classification; Sabha Parva: 2nd parva as per the 18-Parva classification)
(read from Mahabharata Volume 2 (The complete, unabridged Mahabharata), translated by Bibek Debroy)
Direct YouTube link to Ch 289: http://www.youtube.com/embed/_hVutZlBweQ
Karna can't believe that defeat has been snatched from the jaws victory. And that too by a mere woman. Wrapped in his contempt for the Pandavas is also admiration for Droupadi.
"Among all women in humankind, renowned for their beauty, we have not seen, nor heard, of the accomplishment of such a deed. ... The sons of Pandu were immersed and drowning in an ocean without a boat. Panchali became their boat and brought them safely home."These words from Karna, that "a woman had become the salvation for the sons of Pandu", Bhima once again flies into a rage, asking his brother,
"Shall I tearm them up by their roots? .... Where is the need to debate this or suffer? Here and now, I am going to kill all of them and you can rule the earth without a rival."
Such was Bhima's anger, that figures of speech became literal descriptions...
"He was so angry that smoke, sparks, and flaming fire issued from his ears and other openings in his body."And that, I submit, is one loaded statement.
I have read this chapter from Vol.2 of Bibek Debroy's translation of the unabridged Mahabharata. You can find my review of the volume here.
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