Arjuna went swiftly. He saw both his brothers lying dead near the pool. He
was shocked at the sight and felt that they must have been killed by some lurking foe.
Though heart broken with grief and burning with the desire for revenge,
he felt all feelings else submerged in a monstrous thirst, which irresistibly impelled him
to the fatal pool. Again, a voice was heard: "Answer my question before you drink the
water. This pool is mine. If you disobey me, you follow your brothers."
Arjuna's anger knew no bounds. He cried: "Who are you? Come and
stand up to me, and I will kill you," and he shot keen-edged arrows in the direction
of the voice. The invisible being laughed in scorn: "Your arrows do but wound the
air. Answer my questions and then you can satisfy your thirst. If you drink the water
without doing so, you will die."
Greatly vexed, Arjuna made up his mind to seek out and grapple with
this elusive foe, but first he must quench his terrible thirst. Yes, thirst was the enemy
he must kill first. So he drank the water and also fell down dead.