Who was king after Parikshit
Chapter 50 - The ministers tell the story of King Parikshit
The ministers went on to say:
Well, O King of Kings, after laying the dead serpent on Munis's shoulder, the king, exhausted from hunger and exertion, went back to his capital. The rishi had a son named Sringin who was born to a cow. He was widely known for his great strength and energy, but also for being easily excitable. At that time he lived with and honored his teacher. Sent home by the teacher, Sringin heard from a friend on the way that your father had insulted his father. He learned that his father carried a dead snake on his shoulder as motionless as a piece of wood and through no fault of his own. O King, the Rishi, whom your father offended, was seriously absorbed in his penance, this best of the Munis, controlled his passions, was pure and engrossed in wonderful deeds on all sides. His soul was enlightened by ascetic renunciation, and his organs and their functions were under complete control. Both his practice and his speech were pleasant. He was content and without greed. He was without wickedness of any kind and without evil. He was old and kept the vow of silence. And he was a refuge for all beings who came to him in need. Such was the rishi your father offended.
But the rishi's son cursed your father in anger. Although he was young in years, the mighty one had ascetic splendor like an old man. Quickly he touched water and spoke in anger, as if he were radiating with spiritual energy, the following words concerning your father: “Look at the power of my asceticism! Following my words, the mighty snake Takshaka with its fast-acting poison will burn this scoundrel who laid a dead snake on my father within seven days. ”After saying this, he went to his father and told him about the curse. The tiger among the Rishis then sent a disciple named Gaurmukha with lovable demeanor and many virtues to your father. He passed on the words of his master to your father after he had rested a little: “You have been cursed, O King, by my son. Takshaka will poison you in seven days. So be careful, O King. ”Oh Janamejaya, when your father heard these terrible words, he took every precaution to ward off the immense snake Takshaka. On the seventh day, the Brahmin Kasyapa planned to go to your father. But Takshaka discovered Kasyapa, and the Prince of the Snakes spoke to Rishi Kasyapa without wasting time: “Where are you going so quickly and what business are you planning?” Kasyapa replied, “Oh Brahmin, I am going to King Parikshit, the best of the Kurus. It is said to be burned by the poison of the snake Takshaka today. And I hurry to come to him so that I can heal him and he will not be killed by the snake. ”Takshaka said:“ Why do you want to revive the king after I have bitten him? I am that takshaka. Oh Brahmin, witness the wonderful power of my poison. You will not be able to resuscitate the monarch if I have bitten him. ”Spoke and bit the lord of the forest, a Banian tree. Immediately the tree was banished to ashes. But Kasyapa, O King, gave him life back. But Takshaka dissuaded the Rishi from his plan by saying: "Tell me your desire." Kasyapa replied: "I am leaving because I wish for wealth." take more wealth from me than you expected from the monarch and repent. ”This did Kasyapa. He took all the wealth he wanted from Takshaka and turned back.
Then Takshaka came to the palace in disguise and with the fire of his poison destroyed your virtuous father, who had taken all the precautions. After that you were put on the throne, O tiger of men. O best of the monarchs, now we have told you everything we have heard and seen, although the story is cruel and ghastly. You now know everything about your father's misfortune and the offense of Rishi Utanka. Now decide what should follow.
From whom did you learn the wonderful story of the Banian Tree, when this lord of the woods was burned to ashes by Takshaka and then brought back to life by Kasyapa? My father would certainly not have died because the poison would have been neutralized by Kasyapa's mantras. This worst of the snakes with the sinful soul, this Takshaka thought to himself, if the Brahmin resuscitates the king I have bitten, then the world laughs at me and says: "Takshaka has no more poison." Surely he thought that and the Brahmin appeased. In any case, I've already figured out a way to punish him. But first I would like to hear how you found out about what happened in the deep solitude of the forest, especially the words of Takshaka and Kasyapa's speech. When I hear this, I will take steps to eradicate the sex of the snakes.
The ministers replied:
Find out from him, O King, who told us about the conversation between the King of the Serpents and the King of the Brahmins. A man had climbed the tree to collect dry branches for a sacred sacrificial fire. He was not noticed either by the serpent or by the Brahmin. And oh king, he was burned to ashes at the same time as the tree and, through the power of the Brahmin, was also brought back to life with the tree. This man, the servant of a Brahmin came to us and told us everything that happened between Takshaka and the Brahmin. Well, oh king, we've told you everything we've seen and heard. Order what shall follow.
And Sauti continued:
After hearing the words of his ministers, King Janamejaya began to cry sadly and to clench his hands. The lotus-eyed king breathed long and hard, let out hot sighs, shed tears and cried out loud and horrified. Shaken by grief and misery, he thought for a while, as if he were making up a decision in his mind, touched water, and then spoke angrily to his ministers while shedding many tears.
I heard your story about my father's ascension to heaven. Now experience my firm decision. I think no more time should be wasted avenging the damage Takshaka did to my father. He killed my father and Sringin was just an excuse for him. Out of sheer malice, he made Kasyapa repent. If this brahmin got here, my father would still be alive. What harm would he have suffered if the king had regained his life through Kasyapa's favor and the arrangements made by the ministers? Ignoring the effects of my anger, he prevented Kasyapa, whom he could not defeat, from coming to my father. The injustice of the wicked Takshaka is great when he gave wealth to the brahmin Kasyapa in order to prevent him from saving the king. I must take revenge on my father's enemy, for the sake of myself, Rishi Utanka, and all of you.
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