||This work is a tree, of which the chapter of contents is the seed; the divisions called Pauloma and Astika are the root; the part called Sambhava is the trunk; the books called Sabha and Aranya are the roosting perches; the books called Arani is the knitting knots; the books called Virata and Udyoga the pith; the book named Bhishma, the main branch; the book called Drona, the leaves; the book called Karna, the fair flowers; the book named Salya, their sweet smell; the books entitled Stri and Aishika, the refreshing shade; the book called Santi, the mighty fruit; the book called Aswamedha, the immortal sap; the denominated Asramavasika, the spot where it groweth; and the book called Mausala, is an epitome of the Vedas and held in great respect by the virtuous Brahmanas.
||Then that hero who in strength was the foremost of all strong men defeated in battle Rochamana, the king of Aswamedha, at the head of all his troops.
||The Aswamedha, the Rajasuya, the Pundarika, and Gosava, these grand sacrifices requiring large gifts have all been performed by thee!
||O hero, having performed the Aswamedha and other sacrifices, with gifts in profusion unto the Brahmanas, why hast thou, O tiger among men, played false with me alone?
||That best of kings celebrated the Rajasuya and Aswamedha sacrifices, with profuse gifts to the Brahmanas.
||At the Chaturmasya four-monthly and Aswamedha horse sacrifices, animals are offered first in his honour, and this powerful fire is indicated by numerous flames.
||Thou mayst perform the Rajasuya and the Aswamedha sacrifices, but do not even come near an action which in itself is sin!
||Do thou, O son of Kuru's race, perform the sacrifices of Sarvamedha and Aswamedha.
||Saudasa, the king of Kosala, though dignified by the performance of Aswamedha and other sacrifices, obtained the status of a man-eating Rakshasa, through the curse of a great Rishi.
|Reference:- Mahabharata of Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa, translated to English by Kisari Mohan Ganguli; Source of Plain Text: www.sacred-texts.com; Wikified at AncientVoice.