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Vaishampaayan Jee said - "So your great grandfather took bath in Gangaa, cast off his human body, assumed celestial body and became free from enmity and grief. He came to the place where both Paandav and Dhritraashtra's children were enjoying their own status free from human wrath."

Vaishampaayan Jee said - "So Yudhishthir came to that place where all Kuru were. He saw Govind also in Brahm form. It resembled to the scene that which had been seen before. He was with Arjun. When they saw Yudhishthir coming to them, they honored him properly. At another place he saw Karn shining like a dozen Soorya, yet at another place he saw Bheem sitting with Marut Dev by the side of Pavan Dev (Wind god), and yet at another place he saw Nakul and Sahadev. He saw Draupade also sitting there, Suddenly he wished to question her, but before he did that, Indra said to him - "She is Shree Herself. She took birth in Drupad's home for your sake only - of course not from mother's womb. She was created by Shiv for you. These your and Draupadee's five sons are five great Gandharv.

This is Dhritraashtra, he is the king of Gandharv. He was the elder brother of your father. Here is Karn, your eldest brother and Kuntee's eldest son, he was called Raadhaa's son. He moves in the company of Soorya. See, this foremost of all beings - Saatyaki, among the Saadhya, Bhoj, Vishwedev and the Marut. See, this is Abhimanyu, son of Subhadraa, now staying with Chandramaa. Here is mighty Paandu, now united with Kuntee and Maadree. This is Bheeshm, the son of Shaantanu, now sitting amidst Vasu. This is Drone sitting by the side of Brihaspati.

Janamejaya asked - "Whose names you have not taken, for example, Bheeshm, Drone, Dhritraashtra, Viraat, Drupad, Shankh, Uttar, Dhrishtketu, Jayatsen, Satyajit, sons of Duryodhan, Shakuni, Karn's sons, Jayadrath, Ghatotkach, and others; for how long they lived in Heaven? Did they live there for ever? When their Punya came to an end? I desire to know this, because you can see all things."

Viashampaayan Jee said - "Everyone is not capable to return to his own nature at the end of his deeds. You have asked a good question, hear this mystery of Devtaa. It was explained to us by Vyaas Jee. Bheeshm attained the status of Vasu, so eight Vasu can be seen now. Drone entered Brihaspati. Hridikaa's son Kritvarmaa entered the Marut. Pradyumn entered Sanat Kumaar. Dhritraashtra attained the regions which are so difficult to attain, Kuber's region. Gaandhaaree went with her husband. Paandu went to Indra along with his two wives. Viraat, Drupad, king Dhrishtketu, Nishadh, Akroor, Saamb, Bhaanukamp, Vidoorath, Bhoorishravaa and Shal, Bhoori, Kans, Ugrasen, Vasuden, Uttar and his brother Shankh, entered the deities.

Chandramaa's mighty son Varchaa was born as Abhimanyu, Arjun's son, and entered Chandramaa after his death. Karn entered Soorya, Shakuni entered Dwaapar, and Dhrishtdyumn entered Fire. Dhritraashtra's all sons were Raakshas. Dead by weapons they all attained Heaven. Both Kshatree (Vidur) and Yudhishthir entered Dharm Raaj. Balaraam (Anant) proceeded to the region below the Earth. Vaasudev was the part of Naaraayan, so accordingly He entered Naaraayan. The 16,000 women who married to Vaasudev, when the time came they jumped into the River Saraswatee. Casting off their human bodies they ascended to Heaven. They became Apsaraa and approached the presence of Vaasudev. Ghatotkach and other mighty chariot warriors attained the status of Yaksh and Devtaa. Who fought from Duryodhan's side were all Raakshas but they all attained excellent regions - some Indra's abode, some Varun's abode, and some Kuber's abode."

Soot Jee said - "Hearing all this Janamejaya was filled with wonder. The priests finished the remaining rites. Aasteek, after rescuing snakes, filled with joy. Janamejaya gave presents to all Braahman. After the Yagya was over, Janamejaya came back to Hastinaapur from Takshshilaa. I have told you everything what Vaishampaayan Jee narrated to the king at the snake sacrifice. It is called history - sacred, sanctified and excellent. It is composed by Krishn (Vyaas) who possessed the knowledge of duties, six high attributes and devoted to Saankhya Yog. He has written this by seeing with a celestial eye. He did this to spread the fame of Paandav and other Kshatriya.

Who recites this to a great audience becomes cleansed of every sin and attains the status of Brahm. Whatever sins a Braahman commits at night in the midst of women are all washed away before dawn by reciting a portion of Mahaabhaarat. Its topic is Bharat race, that is why it is called Bhaarat and because it is of grave import that is why it is called Mahaabhaarat.

That which occurs here, occurs anywhere; that which does not occur here, it occurs nowhere. This history is known by Jaya, so it should be heard by everyone who desires Moksh. It should be read by Braahman, by kings, by a pregnant woman (thus she gets a highly blessed child). He made another compilation consisting of 6 million (60 Lakh) verses. Three million (30 Lakh) of them were placed with Devtaa; 1.5 million (15 Lakh) were placed with Pitar - they are the current ones; 1.4 million (14 Lakh) were with Yaksh - these are in vogue; while 100,000 (1 Lakh) are with human beings and are current.

Naarad Jee recited Mahaabhaarat to Devtaa, Asit-Deval recited it to Pitar, Shukdev Jee recited it to Raakshas and Yaksh, and Vaishampaayan Jee recited it to human beings. This history is regarded equal to Ved. Hey Shaunak Jee, Who hears this from a Braahman his all desires are fulfilled. Vyaas Jee asked his son Shuk Dev to read it with him along with these four verses. Thousands of people departed from this world. There are thousands of occasions for joy, and hundreds of occasions for fear but they affect only him who is ignorant and not the wise. I am crying aloud but nobody listens to me. From righteousness are pleasures and wealth. Then why not the righteous should be followed? Righteousness is eternal. Jeev is eternal, but the cause of Jeev's taking this body is not.

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