We finally had that chance for the wonderful meeting with ekanetra and ST. ST said: “I think I have found one who has ekomAnuSha Ananda”. “Lead us to that one” we said. ST lead us to her charming friend jAyadrathi, who in someways reminded us of our friend R. ekanetra who knows the ways of the strI-s declared to ST and me in saMdhyabhASha: “This jAyadrathi has not attained eko mAnuSha Ananda.” But we knew that she could lead us to that one who had attained eko mAnuSha Ananda. She took us across the nadi of bhaya to the great palace in which lived the one graced by the mother of the rAkSha-s who adorns the southwest. He was one who had attained eko mAnuSha Ananda. On seeing him we knew this. We were awed by his power and dazzled by the energy emanating from him. He was surrounded by his several a~Ngana-s, putras and bhR^itya-s all of coral or shell-like complexion. The jAyadrathi said he is a mahApuruSha like whom no one exists. We saw him in wonderment, made strongly aware of our own fragile and powerless selves. His presence towered over ours like a gigantic statue of the tathagata made by the nAstIka-s. He truly looked like one for whom indra had given all. Then did ST ask that profound question: “Why has this nirR^itti-priya attained eko mAnuSha Ananda ?”
ekanetra said: “I believe he has been given all by indra. After all the shrutI stated: yuvAsyAt sAdhu yuvAdhyAyakaH … sarvA vittasya pUrNAsyAt”.
I said: “O vaishvAmitra I do think that the vajrin girt by the maruts and aided by the triple-striding viShNu has given us many things that he has not given that mahApuruSha, but shatamanyu has yet given him eko mAnuSha AnandaH.”
ekanetra said: “That might be so, O bhArgava, but why has he attained it while we have been consigned to our sthala-s”?
ST: “But we all know that vR^itrahan places all good things apart.”
Then we went to hang out with the jAyadrathI and enjoy the pleasures with which ST could inundate, the tongue, the nose, the eyes and the belly. ST’s new inventions in sUpa-kala was like the soma drunk by dashadyau in the realm of shatakratu or the food eaten in suvargo loka. This was pleasing to the external senses. But the presence of jAyadrathI caused within us an emptiness — a sense utter failure of our astra-s, like the vAnara-s crumbling before kumbhakarNa’s last march. We then moved away and went the regions of Hayastanika. As we have always mentioned in the past Hayastanika emanates a tremendous revitalizing energy. The very sight of Hayastanika, who was a like materialization of a side glance of kAmeshvarI enlivened our spirits, like the trikadruka-s refreshing maghavan. Hayastanika, who exceeds most in the combination of physical might, beauty, and intelligence shone like a Venus in the firmament of the senses. The inner senses were delighted, even as a momentary glimpse of the mayUkha-s of kaulinI arouses the sadhaka to supreme delight. Delighting in the company of she whose tresses are like the prop roots of a nyagrodha tree we let some time pass.
We had defeated the evil kR^isha-mukha in battle. It was glorious victory, one of the biggest ever we had scored after the fierce battle of saptadashAnta. It was similarly bloody. In other ways it was like the great victory of dakShiNa nadi, but there our forces had total superiority in every way. Our vairi-s, the mlechCha chiefs, trembled before our forces to whom mahendra had given the signal in the form of the eagle after we had performed the autumnal rite. With indra on our side we totally dominated the battle from start to finish. On the way we scattered some chIna-s who dared to challenge us. Here, kR^isha-mukha a~nkusha-nAsa, viT-mukha ANishiras and their allies formed a vyuha against us. But several mlechCha-s from their side came over to ours as we used diplomatic tactics to go hand-in-hand with the offensives. Thus, we prevailed over them. It was one of our great victories but in a sense empty — our mitra with whom we had gone to the center of the town in a mirthful advance was not there to celebrate. In a sense, we felt like king yuddhiShThira after that fateful clash of 18 days on the kuru field:
The four vIra-s were scattered; It was like the forgotten struggle of the bundela-s against the Moslems; We were unable to enjoy the mirth our brave vIra-s who faced the fury of the enemy arrows as the banners were mixed and the dust rising to the heaven the great clash of men.
On the other front despite this great victory the khANDavan-s remained active. The unseen one who deployed that strike of the “crane” was also active. It was the 3rd time the strike of the crane was being deployed, one for each ardhasaMvatsara.