VISIONS, CIRCLE ABOUT THE SUN, CRIES OF JACKALS: Flesh and blood fall from the sky, O Madhava, on Duryodhana's soldiers. Vapory edifices of great effulgence with high walls, deep trenches and handsome porches are suddenly appearing in the skies (over the Kuru encampment). A black circle surrounding the Sun has come into view. Both twilights at sunrise and sunset indicate great terrors. The jackals are yelling hideously. All this is an indication of defeat.
ONE-EYED BIRDS, FIERY APPARITIONS: Diverse birds—each having but one wing, one eye, and one leg—utter terrible cries. All this, O slayer of Madhu, indicates defeat. Fierce birds with black wings and red legs hover over the Kuru encampment at nightfall. All this is an indication of defeat. The soldiers of Duryodhana betray their hatred for brahmanas first, then for their preceptors and then for all their affectionate servants. The eastern horizon of (Duryodhana's encampment) appears red; the southern horizon has taken on the hue of weapons; and the western horizon, O Madhusudana, has taken on an earthy hue. All the quarters around Duryodhana's encampment seem, O Madhava, to be ablaze. By the appearance of all these portents great danger is indicated.
DOOMSDAY VISIONS: O Achyuta, in a vision I have seen Yudhishthira ascending with his brothers a palace supported by a thousand columns. All of them appeared with white turbans and dressed in white robes. And all of them appeared to me to be seated on white seats. In the midst of the same vision You, O Janardana, were covering the blood-dyed earth with weapons. Yudhishthira at the same time was of immeasurable energy and ascending upon a heap of bones. He was gladly eating buttered payasa (sweet rice) from a golden cup. I further beheld Yudhishthira swallowing the earth which You handed over to him. All these omens indicate that he will verily rule the earth. I saw that tiger among men of fierce deeds, Vrikodara (the "wolf-bellied" Bhima), standing on the summit with mace in hand as if devouring this earth. This plainly indicates that he will slay each one of us in fierce battle.
O lord of the senses, I know that victory dwells where righteousness is present. I saw also the wielder of the Gandiva bow Dhananjaya (Arjuna, "the winner of wealth") seated on the back of a white elephant with You, O Hrishikesha, and with great beauty blazing forth from him. I have no doubt, O Krishna, that You will slay in battle all the kings headed by Duryodhana. I saw Nakula and Sahadeva along with that mighty car-warrior Satyaki who was adorned with white bracelets, white garlands, white robes and white armor about his chest and back. This tiger among men was seated upon excellent vehicles borne on the shoulders of men. And I saw that umbrellas were held over the heads of all the three. O Janardana , amongst the soldiers of Dhritarashtra's son I saw three of them decked with white turbans. Know, O Keshava, that those three were Aswatthaman, Kripa and Kritavarman of Satwata's race. All other kings, O Madhava, were seen by me to have blood-red head gear. I saw also, O Mighty Armed, that those mighty car-warriors Bhishma and Drona were ascending on a vehicle drawn by camels. O Janardana, Dhritarashtra's son and I proceeded to the quarter ruled by Agastya*. This indicates that we shall soon must proceed to Yama's abode. I have no doubt that I and the other kings—indeed, the entire assemblage of Kshatriyas—will enter into the Gandiva's fire.
*The south. Karna is drawing a paralles between the earth and the universe. Just as Aghastya crossed the Vindhyas and lived in dakshina-desha, so Yama's planet, the mandir of the dead, is in the southern part of the universe. There Yama is the ruler of the southern direction.
(Lord Shri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, replied) Indeed the destruction of the earth is at hand when My words, O Karna, have not been heeded by you. O sire, when the destruction of all creatures approaches, wrongfulness assuming the semblance of righteousness leaves not the heart.
Shri Krishna tells Arjuna to slay Karna, thus fulfiling Karna's dark prophetic vision
From the Bhagavata (Srimad Bhagavatam 1.4.20)
ṛg-yajuḥ-sāmātharvākhyā vedāś catvāra uddhṛtāḥ
itihāsa-purāṇaṁ ca pañcamo veda ucyate
"The four divisions of the original sources of knowledge (the Vedas) were made separately. But the historical facts (itihasas or Mahabharata) and authentic stories mentioned in the Puranas are called the fifth Veda."
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