is noteworthy that though the voice was Draupadi the wife's, yet the benediction was Kunti
the mother's for the words were: "May God give all that Kuntidevi wished and hoped
for when you were born."
Arjuna passed through dense forests and reached
the mountain of Indrakila, where he met an old brahmana. The ascetic smiled and spoke
affectionately to Arjuna:
"Child, you are clad in armour and carry
weapons. Who are you? Weapons are of no use here. What do you seek in this garb of a
Kshatriya in this abode of ascetics and saints who have conquered anger and passion?"
That was Indra, the king of gods, who came to have the pleasure of meeting his son.
Arjuna bowed to his father and said: "I
seek arms; bless me with weapons." Indra replied: "O Dhananjaya, what is the use
of weapons? Ask for pleasures or seek to go to higher worlds for enjoyment."
Arjuna answered: "O king of gods, I do not
seek pleasures of higher worlds. I have come here after leaving Panchali and my brothers
in the forest. I seek butweapons."