Thursday, June 27, 2013

Kaushika and Balaka

It was the sixteenth day of the war. The war had taken a heavy toll on both sides. Most of the senior warriors  who had fought the war had all perished.....Bhishma, Drona, Bahlika, Bhagadatta, Bhurishrava....All gone.

Though Duryodhana was worried about the heavy toll of the war, on the sixteenth day, he was elated......He had just appointed Karna as the General of the Kaurava army. His Karna....Duryodhana thought exultantly. His Karna was now free to do what he pleased and would win the war for him. Duryodhana did not doubt, not even for a minute that his friend would win the war.

That day Karna entered the war with pride in his heart. He was finally going to repay Duryodhana for what all  he had done for him....Karna smiled. The sixteenth day belonged to Karna and Bheema, the Pandava brother. Both of them killed far too many enemy  soldiers that day.....

By the end of the sixteenth day, Karna had a duel with Nakula, the fourth Pandava. The fight between the two of them was ridiculously short. Even before Nakula could properly defend himself, Karna had broken Nakula's chariot and killed his horses and also killed Nakula's charioteer. Karna looked at Nakula as he aimed his arrow at the unarmed Nakula, who looked back at him with hatred.

Karna smiled. 'One day you will be proud that you fought with the great Karna and that  you escaped with your life!' Karna said as he moved away from there....Just like that! Karna moved away with such disdain....almost as if he did not think Nakul a worthy opponent.......Nakula was seething with rage....He wished Karna had just killed him....Instead that son of the charioteer had left him alive....Nakula fumed.

Duryodhana knew that Karna had Nakula at his mercy and had still left him alive. But Duryodhana did not say anything. If Bhishma or Drona had done the same thing, Duryodhana would have thrashed them with harsh words and accused them of actually fighting for the Pandavas.....But Karna....Duryodhana did not even dream of saying anything hurtful to his friend.....

Karna had been taught the art of reading omens by his teacher Parashurama. When Karna woke up on the seventeenth day of the war, he looked around and realized that today was probably going to be the last day of his life. Karna was however not unhappy. Far from it. Life had been cruel to him and he had no desire  to continue living  His only wish was to repay his friend Duryodhana by defeating  Arjuna and killing him.

For the seventeenth day, Duryodhana had requested Shalya to be the charioteer of Karna.

And so the war started....

Together the two – Shalya and Karna - fell upon the army. Karna entered into a different zone today. If yesterday he fought brilliantly, today he was in a different league...Nothing could stop him....Nothing at all. Nakula, Sahadeva, Bheema and Satyaki all together found it impossible to stop Karna.

Seeing Karna ruthlessly decimating his forces, Yudhishtara himself entered into a duel with Karna. Karna smiled shaking his head. However Yudhishtara fought with all his might  and even hurt Karna. But then Karna raised the level of battle....Yudhishtara could do nothing but fumble....Before he even knew what had happened, Karna killed Yudhishtara's rear guard...Satyaki came to the aid of  the eldest Pandava, but he was pushed back effectively before he could do anything. As Satyaki fell back, Karna hit Yudhishtara straight on the chest, taking the shield off...Karna swiftly broke Yudhishtara's bow...Yudhishtara tried firing his javelins but Karna effortlessly broke four of them even before Yudhishtara could throw it....Karna now had Yudhishtara before him unarmed. Karna smiled [Yudhishtara wondered whether he actually saw tears in Karna's eyes....] 'When you fight someone....make sure you are worthy of fighting them...' Karna said and drove his chariot away....Yudhishtara was burning with anger. Of all his enemies, he had feared Karna most. Why, he was not even afraid of Duryodhana...But Karna....Karna scared him....Yudhishtara had spent thirteen sleepless years during his exile in the forest thinking of Karna...He had realized even then that Karna had the capacity to turn the war single handedly.

Karna moved on and went to fight with Bheema. Bheema and Karna fought like demons that day.... Yudhishtara went to attack Duryodhana with Nakula and Sahadeva.. Karna left Bheema and went to help his friend. Karna's arrows were so swift and sharp that Yudhishtara fell unconscious in his chariot.

Nakula and Sahadeva dragged their unconscious brother to his tent, away from the battle....away from Karna. Meanwhile Arjuna was having a ferocious duel with Ashwattama. Suddenly worried that he could not see Yudhishtara's chariot, Arjuna rushed to Bheema. 'Brother! Where is Yudhishtara?'

Bheema pointed at Karna with growing anger.   'Karna!' Bheema spat the words out. 'He hurt brother!'

Knowing how good a warrior Karna was, Arjuna turned to Krishna looking worried. 'My Lord! I have to see Yudhishtara Please take me there. Bheema can handle things till then!'

Krishna nodded his head as he swiftly turned the chariot driving it inside the Pandava camp.

Yudhishtara was delirious in pain, when he heard the sound of Krishna's chariot. Krishna...Arjuna! They have come....That would mean that Arjuna has defeated and killed Karna....'Brother!' Yudhishtara stood up unsteadily running outside the tent. With bloodshot eyes he saw Krishna and Arjuna come towards him. 'You have done it! You have killed that son of the charioteer! Oh you have made me so proud!' Yudhishtara almost fell on his brother. 'Tell me!' Yudhishtara whispered. 'Tell me how you killed Karna!'

Arjuna led his brother inside the tent. He gently made him sit down and spoke. 'I have not yet killed Karna....But....'

Yudhishtara looked at his younger brother Arjuna with an appalled look in his eyes. He had started this war depending only on Arjuna and Krishna....Arjuna could not fail him now....'And you have not defeated him?' Yudhishtar asked Arjuna incredulously.

Arjuna asked Yudhishtara to lie down. 'It will happen brother! Please have some patience!' Arjuna looked at Krishna and smiled. He had no doubt in his mind that they were going to win this war....Not because he was a better warrior.....But because he had the one thing that Duryodhana lacked  ....Krishna... . Arjuna thought of his cousin with utmost pity....Duryodhana  did not realize that Krishna would win the war for the Pandavas. Arjuna's thoughts were  interrupted  by the vehement ranting of Yudhishtara.

'The great Arjuna! The peerless warrior Arjuna!' Yudhishtar mocked  angrily.   'All these words...All  lies!' Yudhishtara was so caught up in his injuries and his fear of Karna that he did not notice  Arjuna's changed expression. 'The great Arjuna cannot even defeat the one man who stands between us and victory....And to think I trusted you and your Gandiva!' Yudhishtara sneered angrily. Arjuna looked venomously at his elder brother. Any insults to him he could take....His Gandiva was off limits to anyone....Arjuna was looking tight lipped at his brother.

Yudhishtara, not realising  the mood of his brother continued his ranting. 'The Gandiva, the great Gandiva! The one bow, which would make  Arjuna  invincible....Lies! All lies!' Yudhishtara almost spat the words out.

Yudhishtara was shocked when he saw his brother pull out his sword in a flash and point it straight at his throat.

'Never insult my Gandiva!' Arjuna said emphasising every word. 'I have taken a oath that I will kill any man, who insults my Gandiva!' Arjuna said vehemently . 'Unfortunately that man happens to be you! I cannot break my promise.' Arjuna said angrily as he was about to bring the sword forward.

For the first time, Yudhishtara realized that he was in actual physical danger from his younger brother. Without thinking, he had talked about the one thing, which was more  precious  to Arjuna than his life.......Yudhishtara was blinking when Arjuna heard a commanding  voice from beside him. 'Drop the sword Arjuna! Now!'

The voice of the Dark Lord was calm but stern. Arjuna tried to ignore  the voice, but the voice kept coming back to him....Arjuna angrily shook his head...Yudhishtara had insulted his Gandiva....The Gandiva!....Arjuna felt a wave of fury pass through him. Arjuna would have killed his elder brother....had it not have been for the voice. Still holding the sword he looked at Krishna angrily. 'He insulted my bow....I cannot let it go just like that....'

'Drop the sword Arjuna! NOW!' Krishna said again, this time raising his voice. Arjuna looked at his elder brother for one last time, lowered his sword and walked away from his brother's tent with a huff.

Yudhishtara  took a shaky breath as he realized how close to death he had come. Yudhishtara turned to thank the Dark Lord, but  Krishna had also left the tent to follow his friend.

Krishna saw Arjuna sitting in his tent looking at his bow longingly. 'Arjuna! Do you realize what you were about to do now?' Krishna asked vehemently.

'He insulted the Gandiva!' Arjuna repeated the words like a child throwing a tantrum. 'He...'

'SO WHAT?' Krishna interrupted Arjuna. Arjuna blinked for a second as Krishna continued. 'He insulted your Gandiva..So what ? For that  you would kill a man  just like that?' Krishna asked Arjuna. Arjuna looked at Krishna lost for words. 'Yudhishtara is a person, Arjuna! A human being...The Gandiva....with all its powers, is just a bow! You would kill a man for a bow?' Arjuna felt his anger building up inside him.

'The my meditation....It is more important to me than my life!' Arjuna yelled.. 'I cannot just sit and  watch while someone insults my bow....' Arjuna looked at Krishna a little dangerously. 'I have made a vow that I will kill anyone who insults it....Anyone....'

Krishna breathed deeply trying to control his temper. 'Is your vow really that important, Arjuna?'

Arjuna blinked some more. 'We....we have been taught to keep our matter what! That is what our scriptures tell us!'

Krishna took a deep breath  as he looked at his best friend. 'You do not understand....' Krishna suddenly looked at Arjuna as if looking at him for the first time. Krishna suddenly looked sad. 'You just do not understand!' Krishna was filled with remorse as he looked at his best friend. Arjuna looked at Krishna confused. Arjuna had been feeling angry....But looking at Krishna, Arjuna realized that the Dark Lard was not angry but  actually unhappy with him.

He went forward and  looked at Krishna. 'What don't I understand?' He asked a little apprehensively.

Krishna shook his head. Finally taking a deep breath, Krishna said sadly. 'You have to know, when to tell the have to know when it is important to have to know when it is important to keep your vow and when it is important to ignore it!'

Arjuna looked at Krishna like he had been hit by a thunderbolt 'When I have to lie....' He whispered as he blinked again and said dazed. 'Why should we know when it is important to lie.....' Arjuna shook his head. 'There is no time when you should lie....Lying is a sin!'

Krishna shook his head sadly. 'If by lying you can save a life....' Krishna looked at Arjuna with blazing eyes. 'You should!' Arjuna was still looking at the Dark Lord without understanding.

'There are times my friend, when you are not judged by the act or the reasons behind the act....You are judged by the consequences of your act....Always keep that in your mind, before you do anything...'Krishna looked at Arjuna. 'I do not understand my Lord!' Arjuna said shaking his head.

'I will tell you two stories, my friend! Listen!' Krishna smiled wryly. 'Probably then you would realize the stupidity of your actions!' Arjuna winced. The Dark Lord never talked to him that way....

'There once lived a hunter – Balaka! ' Krishna continued... 'Not one of the best professions in the world! But he was born into a family of hunters. He hunted animals daily....killed them and brought them home to his family. He looked after his wife, children and parents, by hunting....'

Once Balaka was wandering through the forest. He had roamed long and hard and still he could not find  any game....He went deeper and deeper inside the forest and there...Balaka stood still  for  a few minutes. Standing before him was a weird looking animal....It was blind animal drinking water from the pond in the forest. Though Balaka hesitated for a few seconds, he then drew his arrow and shot the beast. No sooner had the beast fallen....Balaka was amazed to find  a shower  of flowers from the heavens, singing praises of the hunter.....'

Arjuna listened with surprise. A hunter....a man who killed animals was praised for his actions....Krishna continued. 'The animal had actually obtained a boon from the Gods that it would be the cause of the destruction of all creatures.....' Krishna smiled. 'By stopping the creature, Balaka, the hunter, a man who made his living by killing animals, ensured a place for himself in the heaven.....'

Arjuna asked the Dark Lord, intrigued. 'What is the second story, my Lord?'

Krishna nodded his head. 'There once lived a man Kaushika. Kaushika was not very well read in the scriptures and his understanding of Dharma was pathetic....' Krishna said shrugging. 'This man once made a promise to himself that he would always speak the truth!'

'And he kept to his promise, very seriously....People everywhere came to know that Kaushika was an honest man....a man who told no lie!'

Arjuna nodded as Krishna continued. 'Once a man passed Kaushika's house. He was bleeding through a deep wound and was screaming on top of his voice. He ran straight ahead and turned right at the fork just ahead of Kaushika's house.... A group of men followed. They had dangerous weapons and looked everywhere. But when they reached the fork....they did not know whether the man had gone right or left....'

Arjuna looked on as Krishna continued. 'The men following were thieves and they knew of Kaushika's reputation of always speaking the truth....So they went and asked Kaushika about where he could find the man....'

Krishna smiled mirthlessly. 'The great Kaushika, who never spoke a lie....truthfully told the robbers about where the man had gone....The robbers ran right and found the man and killed him!' Krishna said abruptly.

Krishna looked at Arjuna expectantly. 'Was Kaushika right or wrong, my friend?'

Arjuna was now feeling stupid. He now understood exactly what he was about to do....He was going to kill his own elder brother....Arjuna winced as he closed his eyes. Krishna smiled as he realized that Arjuna had understood. 'Kaushika, the speaker of truth, went to hell!' Krishna said. 'He suffered there....for telling the truth....Because he failed to realize that saving a man's life was more important than speaking the truth...' Krishna looked pointedly at Arjuna.

Krishna looked at Arjuna and said gently. 'Your Dharma....your is important because it protects life! That is why lying to protect a life is not a lie, my friend! The Scriptures cannot guide you to what is Dharma, in all the cases. You can know that only by reasoning!'

Feeling utterly stupid, Arjuna ran inside his brother's tent who was lying there weakly. 'Brother....I am....'

Yudhishtara however interrupted him. 'No Arjuna! I was wrong! I do not know what got into me....' Yudhishtara shuddered. 'I should not have spoken that way!'

Arjuna fell at the feet of his brother. 'I behaved wrongly! I was foolish! Please forgive me, brother!'

Yudhishtara embraced his brother. 'Go now brother! Come back victorious!'

Arjuna and the Dark Lord got back into the chariot to take on Karna....

[The seventeenth day of the war was when Karna was killed by Arjuna.]

Friday, June 14, 2013


Daksha, the son of Brahma, had fifty daughters. It is said that thirteen of his daughters were married to Sage Kashyap.
Sage Kashyap is considered to be the father of Devas, Asuras and also all living beings on earth, through his various wives. His wife Aditi gave birth to the Devas, Diti to the Asuras, Kadru to the snakes and Vinata to  Garuda and Aruna and so on..
Garuda, the son of Vinata became the mount of Lord Vishnu.
Do you know what happened to his step brother Sesha, the son of Kadru....?
Read on...
The story of Sesha starts with the rivalry between his mother Kadru and step mother Vinata. 
Kadru, the daughter of King Daksha, the wife of Sage Kashyap and the mother of the Snakes looked at her sons. 'Sons! I want a favour from you!' She wringed her hands as she looked at them, partly in desperation. 'You are the only ones who can help me now!'
Sesha sighed. He could never understand why  his mother had to  be so melodramatic. 'What has happened mother?' He asked.
Her mother looked even more unhappy as she said. 'I....I am scared!'
Sesha looked at his younger brothers who were also trying to hide their exasperation at their mother. He wondered what she had done this time....
Kadru spoke after some time. 'Yesterday me and Vinata crossed the ocean and went to the other side....There we saw Ucchashravas, the flying horse!' Sesha did not miss the fact that his mother spoke about Vinata with such disdain. He could not understand how Kadru could not like her own sister......
Sesha remembered how Kadru and Vinata had always been like far as he could remember. 
From the stories he had heard, Sesha came to know that his father Sage Kashyap had once wanted to perform a sacrifice for more offspring. 
Just before the yagna, Sage Kashyap had first asked Kadru about the offspring she wanted. Delighted at being the first one to choose, Kadru had asked for a thousand powerful Snakes as her sons. The sage granted her wish and turned to Vinata. 
Vinata is her usual soft manner had asked for just two sons.....who were more powerful than the thousand sons of Kadru....
Furious at being bested by her sister, Kadru started looking at Vinata as an enemy.... 
Kadru had her thousand sons and Sesha was the eldest son of Kadru. Unfortunately Vinata's eggs for some reason took longer time to hatch. In her anxiety, Vinata hastily broke one of the egg....Vinata was devastated to find that the child inside the egg was only half formed....
Sesha came to know that the half formed child – Aruna cursed her mother to serve another person for her hasty act and disappeared from there. Though Aruna was only half formed, Sesha immensely respected Aruna. Aruna was now the charioteer of the Sun Lord - Surya....
It is believed in Hindu Mythology, that the sun appears purplish in the morning and the evening because of the presence of Aruna as Surya's charioteer.
In course of  time, Sesha realized that most of his brothers generally caused misery to everyone... Closer home, Sesha was now appalled by the behaviour of his mother towards Vinata. Kadru treated Vinata as her enemy and following suit Sesha's brothers also hated Vinata....And now Vinata was all alone with no one to comfort her. The other egg had not yet hatched and she was probably racked with guilt and fear about what she had done to the first egg....Sesha shook his head....And now his mother was afraid about something she had done with Vinata....
Sesha turned his attention to his mother as she started speaking. 'We saw was a beautiful horse....At that time....' Kadru swallowed as she looked sheepish and continued, '....I placed a bet!' Sesha looked at his mother in surprise as she continued. '....I told Vinata that she had to tell me the colour of the horse....' Kadru frowned as she thought and continued, '....Vinata said immediately that it was fully white in colour...' Kadru shook her head dubiously....'I think....I thought....I thought that the horse had a black tail and I said so....'
Sesha looked resignedly at his mother, 'What was the bet you placed mother?'
Kadru could not meet the eyes of her son. She looked at the floor and mumbled. 'I said that whoever lost the bet.....would have to serve the other....'
Sesha resisted the urge to hit his head in exasperation. He could collectively feel his brothers's temper increasing. His brother Vasuki spoke with barely controlled anger. ' still have not told us, what favour you want from us?'
' that I think about it....I think...I think...' Kadru mumbled barely able to get the words out. 'I think that...I may be wrong....I think that....that....the horse was fully white....' Kadru looked almost mortified as she turned her attention to her sons looking anguished. 'I can't bear the thought of serving Vinata...' Kadru said with tears in her eyes, 'I would rather die first!' Kadru spat out angrily. She eyed her sons angrily. 'And so I want your help to make me win my bet!'
All the snakes looked at their mother stumped. Vasuki recovered first. He whispered softly. 'What do you want us to do, mother?'
'I want you to wrap yourselves around Ucchashravas's tail...' Kadru said with a steely glint in her eyes. 'So that tomorrow when we go there to check the horse....the tail will appear black and I will win the bet!' Kadru said with a wicked smile in her face.
'MOTHER!' Sesha looked at her mother appalled. 'What are you saying? How can you even....?' Sesha fumbled unable to go on. Sesha suddenly looked around and realized that none of his brothers were speaking. They were looking at Sesha and their mother...afraid...afraid of the furious temper of their mother....Suddenly Sesha despised his brothers....and himself. Deep down he probably realised that his brothers did not even know that what their mother was asking them to do was wrong....Sesha angrily looked at his silent brothers and turned to look at his mother and said angrily, 'Mother! Do you even realize what you are saying?' Sesha said trying to control his temper.
Kadru looked at all her sons, her temples throbbing furiously. 'I AM YOUR MOTHER!' She shrieked angrily. 'You will obey whatever I say...'Kadru said her voice dropping dangerously.
Vasuki avoided looking at Sesha. He knew that his elder brother was now more worried about doing the right thing.....Vasuki however had more realistic problems...He knew that his mother was now in a dangerous mood....She had to be calmed...before anything else.....Vasuki realised that he had to be diplomatic with his mother. 'Mother!' He said in a calming tone. Unfortunately for Vasuki and the other snakes, Vasuki had hesitated too long....
As Kadru heard Vasuki's voice she felt that her sons would not listen to her.....Her! Their own mother....they were willing to actually let her lose the bet and let her serve Vinata.... 'HOW DARE YOU?' Kadru shouted. 'You are willing to let me be some....someone's servant....Look at you!' Kadru said with disgust, 'Having sons like is better.....that I did not have any children...I CURSE YOU!' Kadru yelled, 'I am cursing that you would die in a Snake Sacrifice....' Kadru finished breathing angrily.
The entire room felt silent. Even the air grew quiet in the room. The snakes were staring dumbfolded at each other. Their mother.....their own mother had unthinkingly cursed them....
For a long time no one spoke. Kadru sat in the throne unapologetically as she looked at her sons breathing triumphantly.
Vasuki realised with utter incredulity that his mother had hastily consigned all of them to their doom....Vasuki took a deep breath. He had to make his mother take back her curse.... 'Mother! We will do what you want!' He turned to his brothers, studiously avoiding Sesha. 'We will all do what our mother wants, won't we?'
Sesha turned to see that slowly one by one, his brothers nodded their heads...Fools! You think that merely because you will listen to her now, she will take back her words....No! Sesha studied the haughty features of his mother. What she said will come to pass and no power of earth can stop it....Sesha took in a deep breath. He was feeling a sense of detachment as he looked at his brothers and his mother...We were all going to die because of my mother's unthinking words....
Needless to say, the next day, all the snakes other than Sesha wrapped themselves around Ucchashravas's tail. So when the two sisters went to check the horse, Vinata lost the bet and Sesha realized that Vinata's first son – Aruna's curse to his mother had come true....Vinata was now the servant of Kadru.
As days passed on, Sesha grew more and more disillusioned with the behaviour of his mother towards Vinata. To please their mother, Sesha's brothers also behaved very badly towards Vinata. Sesha could not believe it, but the Snakes were bad even towards Garuda – the second son of Vinata....
Finally Sesha could take it no more...He left his family and severed all links with them. He never wanted to go back to them or become like them. 
He had probably committed some great sin because of which he had undergone all these things....He would have to purify himself....He would perform penance. He would meditate....And so Sesha meditated....Sesha meditated so deeply that he forgot all about himself. He was lost in the Brahman [The Force which runs within us all] for days together. Sesha gave up eating and drinking.....His penance continued....Finally Lord Brahma appeared before him. 'Anantha! Sesha! Open your eyes!'
Sesha opened his eyes and saw the four headed Brahma stand before him with a kind smile in his face. 'Anantha! My son! Why are you performing such a difficult penance? What do you want?'
Sesha felt a wave of pure white light wash through him as he stood before the Lord Brahma. 'My Lord! I....I....' Sesha felt embarrassed...How could he tell the Lord, that he was embarrassed of what he was....He looked quietly not able to speak. Lord Brahma probably divined Sesha's thoughts. He smiled and shook his head. 'Sesha! Listen to me, please do not be unhappy of what you are....' Lord Brahma looked at Sesha with a quiet smile. 'There is nothing to be ashamed of what you are...And you my son, are someone who has a special purpose.....'
Sesha mumbled. 'I am a snake! My brothers, they bite people and cause untold misery to everyone....We bear the curse of our own mother....And yet, you come here and tell me that....' Sesha said drily, '....I should not be ashamed of what I am!'
Lord Brahma smiled. 'That curse of your mother, would not affect all of you....' Lord Brahma looked sad. 'She spoke foolishly, without pausing to think of the effect of her words....' Lord Brahma shook his head as he continued. 'However, her curse would affect only those of your brothers who have caused suffering to others....not to all the snakes...' Lord Brahma looked at Sesha and smiled. 'And you my dear Sesha, as I was saying, are meant for great things!'
Sesha looked at Lord Brahma without understanding. Lord Brahma nodded as he continued. 'Yes Anantha!' Lord Brahma nodded around him. 'You will be the one to hold up the earth....' 
Sesha blinked wondering whether he had heard right. Lord Brahma continued. '....The earth is not stable now....It needs someone to support it.....Someone to hold it up....' Lord Brahma said looking pointedly at Sesha. 
'Me?' Sesha looked flabbergasted. Was Lord Brahma really trusting him with such an important thing? Sesha was looking at Lord Brahma without understanding as Lord Brahma continued. 'Yes Anantha! You will provide the stability required for the earth! In fact you are going to be the one who is holding her together!' 
Sesha blinked at the words of Lord Brahma. He was numb....He was finding it difficult to believe that Lord Brahma was trusting him with such an important task. Lord Brahma smiled. He was not done with the snake yet. He continued. 'There is one more thing you will do as part of this job!' Sesha was looking baffled as Lord Brahma continued, 'You will be the resting place of Lord Vishnu at Vaikunta! You will be with Lord Vishnu!'
Sesha looked at Lord Brahma unable to believe what he had heard....Had the Lord just blessed him to be with the Dark Lord? Could he - Sesha, a Snake, really be blessed with such a fortune to be with the Dark Lord....together for all eternity....
As the words of Lord Brahma washed over Sesha, he felt a strange bliss come over him. He knew that nothing could hurt him now....not his brothers or his mother's words....Nothing. He was going to be one with Lord Vishnu....Sesha realized that he wanted nothing more....He had got everything he wanted.....
And so it is believed in Hindu mythology, that Lord Vishnu rests on Sesha, the thousand headed snake as Sesha holds up the earth on his head.
Kadru's curse on the other snakes also unfortunately came true....Many snakes were killed by Garuda, the second son of Vinata, whom they had mistreated when they had been kids. And the remaining snakes except a few, were all destroyed in the Great Snake Sacrifice conducted by King Janamejaya, the great-grandson of the Pandavas....