Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 1 eBook

Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa
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“Vidura said, ’The three-fold purposes, O king (viz., profit, pleasure, and salvation), have their foundations in virtue, and the sages say that a kingdom also standeth on virtue as its basis.  Therefore, O monarch, according to the best of thy power, cherish thou virtuously thy own sons and those of Pandu.  That virtue had been beguiled by wicked souls with Suvala’s son at their head, when thy sons invited the righteous Yudhishthira and defeated him in the match at dice.  O king, of this deed of utter iniquity I behold this expiation whereby, O chief of the Kurus, thy son, freed from sin, may win back his position among good men.  Let the sons of Pandu, obtain that which was given unto them by thee.  For, verily, even this is the highest morality that a king should remain content with his own, and never covet another’s possessions.  Thy good name then would not suffer nor would family dissensions ensue, nor unrighteousness be thine.  This then is thy prime duty now,—­to gratify the Pandavas and disgrace Sakuni.  If thou wishest to restore to thy sons the good fortune they have lost, then, O king, do thou speedily adopt this line of conduct.  If thou dost not act so, the Kurus will surely meet with destruction, for neither Bhimasena nor Arjuna, if angry, will leave any of their foes unslain.  What is there in the world which is unattainable to those who cannot among their warriors Savyasachin skilled in arms; who have the Gandiva, the most powerful of all weapons in the world, for their bow; and who have amongst them the mighty Bhima also as a warrior?  Formerly, as soon as thy son was born, I told thee,—­Forsake thou this inauspicious child of thine.  Herein lieth the good of thy race.—­But thou didst not then act accordingly.  Nor also, O king, have I pointed out to thee the way of thy welfare.  If thou doest as I have counselled, thou shalt not have to repent afterwards.  If thy son consent to reign in peace jointly with the sons of Pandu, passing thy days in joy thou shalt not have to repent.  Should it be otherwise, abandon thou thy child for thy own happiness.  Putting Duryodhana aside, do thou install the son of Pandu in the sovereignty, and let, O king, Ajatasatru, free from passion, rule the earth virtuously.  All the kings of the earth, then, like Vaisyas, will, without delay, pay homage unto us.  And, O king, let Duryodhana and Sakuni and Karna with alacrity wait upon the Pandavas.  And let Dussasana, in open court, ask forgiveness of Bhimasena and of the daughter of Drupada also.  And do thou pacify Yudhishthira by placing him on the throne with every mark of respect.  Asked by thee, what else can I counsel thee to do?  By doing this, O monarch, thou wouldst do what was proper.’

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