Having adjured themselves thus beforethe sacred fire, they marched south
for that was the direction of Death, and shouted "O Arjuna!" challenging him to
It was a great suicide squad organized to achieve what Drona had
pointed out to be essential.Arjuna turned to Yudhishthira and addressed him thus:
"King, the samsaptakas are calling me to battle. I am pledged to
accept a challenge thus thrown out. Susarma and his men are calling me to battle. I shall
destroy them all and return. Permit me to go."
"Brother beloved," said Yudhishthira, "you know Drona's
intentions. Keep that in mind and do whatever you think fit. He has promised Duryodhana to
take me alive.
He is a matchless warrior, brave, strong and skilled in, every branch
of archery. He knows no fatigue and nothing escapes his watchful eyes."
"King, here is Satyajit, standing in support of you," replied
Arjuna. "As long as be is alive and by you, nothing can happen to you." So
saying Arjuna asked the Panchala prince Satyajit to stand guard by Yudhish- thira's side
and marched off like a hungry lion to meet the samsaptakas.