18.74 ity ahaṁ vāsudevasya (Original)

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Chapter 18

<< Chapter 18 Verse 73


sañjaya uvāca
ity ahaṁ vāsudevasya
pārthasya ca mahātmanaḥ
saṁvādam imam aśrauṣam
adbhutaṁ roma-harṣaṇam

Sañjaya (now) addressed Dhṛitarāshtra who had questioned him as to what his own sons (the Kauravas) and the Pāṇḍavas were going to enact in the (impending) war:

‘Thus did I hear the discourse between Vāsudeva and the highly wise Pārtha, so wondrous as to set the hairs athrill.’

Vāsudeva = The son of Vasudeva (showing how the Divine condescends to man hiding Its Divinity by the very mask of humility and fleshly form to which mankind is accustomed).

Pārtha = (Arjuna), the son of His(Vāsudeva’s) paternal aunt (implying how dearly the Divine loves all its creation.)

Mahātma = (Lit: Great-Souled): is adjectival to Arjuna meaning, ‘one who is eminently wise,’ inasmuch as he has betaken himself to His (Vāsudeva’s) Foot-Pair as his Rest.

Thus did I hear, etc = I gathered this conversation —so wondrous as to set the hairs athrill— just as it passed (between the interlocutors).

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