"ARJUNA has not returned, nor has Satyaki, who was sent after him.
Bhima, my fear grows. I hear the Panchajanya, but not the twang of Arjuna's bow-string.
Satyaki, that bravest and most loyal of friends, has not come back with
anytidings. My anxiety is increasing every moment," said Yudhishthira to Bhima in
great perplexity of mind.
"I have never seen you so agitated," replied Bhimasena.
"Do, not let your forti- tude grow less. Command me as you please. Do not let the
wheels of your mind stick in the mud of anxiety."
"Dearest Bhima, I fear your brother has been slain, and it seems
to me Madhava has now himself taken up arms. I hear the conch of Madhava but I hear not
the resounding twang of Gandiva.
I fear Dhananjaya, the unrivalled hero, in whom were centred all our
hopes, has been killed. My mind is confused. If you would do as I tell you, go at
once to where Arjuna is. Join him and Satyaki, and do what needs to be done, and come