GLIMPSFS OF NATIVE LIFE
dedicated themselves. These now are sent to tempt Ardjuna. If he withstands them, he will be indeed victor of the god of Love.
The nymphs descend on Mount Indra Kila. a a The wild kine and the deer of the mountain raise their head to gaze after them as they frolic over the dew-lit grass. The cinnamon trees put forth young shoots, less red than the maidensa lips. And the boulders, strewn around Sang
Slowly they advance gliding rather than walking.
Partaa s cavern, glisten to welcome them, as one by one they pass the dark entrance.a But the hermit, absorbed in pious contemplations, never turns his averted head, never looks upon the lovely ones, nor deigns to listen to their wooing songs. And those seven fair queens are fain to depart, hiding their face, smarting with the pain of unrequited love.
But the gods, beholding them come back thus shamefaced and sad, rejoice exceedingly.
Now, to put Sang Parta s courage to the test, Shiwa,