Satyaki, who was weary after his battle with Drona, replied:
"Faultless among men, I shall obey your command. What would I not do for Dhananjaya's
sake? My life is the merest trifle in my eyes.
If you order me, I am ready to fight the gods themselves. But allow me
to put before you what the wise Vasudeva and Arjuna told me when they left. 'Until we
return after slaying Jayadratha you should not leave Yudhishthira's side.
Be vigilant in protecting him. We entrust this to you in confidence and
go. There is only one warrior in the Kaurava army whom we fear, and he is Drona. You know
his sworn intention.
We go leaving Dharmaputra's safety in our hands.' Thus said Vasudeva
and Arjuna to me when they went. Arjuna laid this trust on me, believing me fit for it.
How can I disregard his command? Do not have any fear about Arjuna's safety.
No one can defeat him. The Sindhu king and the others cannot cope with
asixteenth part of Arjuna. Dharmaputra, to whom shall I entrust your safety if I must go?
I see no one here who can stand against Drona if he comes to seize you.