The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 4 eBook

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Vaisampayana said, “Then that grandsire of the Bharatas, Bhishma the son of Santanu, conversant with the Vedas, acquainted with the proprieties of time and place, and possessing a knowledge of every duty of morality, after the conclusion of Drona’s speech, applauded the words of the preceptor and spake unto the Bharatas for their benefit these words consistent with virtue, expressive of his attachment to the virtuous Yudhishthira, rarely spoken by men that are dishonest, and always meeting with the approbation of the honest.  And the words that Bhishma spake were thoroughly impartial and worshipped by the wise.  And the grandsire of the Kurus said, ’The words that the regenerate Drona acquainted with the truth of every affair hath uttered, are approved by me.  I have no hesitation in saying so.  Endued with every auspicious mark, observant of virtuous vows, possessed of Vedic lore, devoted to religious observances, conversant with various sciences, obedient to the counsels of the aged, adhering to the vow of truth, acquainted with the proprieties of time, observant of the pledge they have given (in respect of their exile), pure in their behaviour, ever adhering to the duties of the Kshatriya order, always obedient to Kesava, high-souled, possessed of great strength, and ever-bearing the burthens of the wise, those heroic ones can never wither under misfortune.  Aided by their own energy, sons of Pandu who are now leading a life of concealment in obedience to virtue, will surely never perish.  It is even this that my mind surmiseth.  Therefore, O Bharata, I am for employing the aid of honest counsel in our behaviour towards the sons of Pandu.  It would not be the policy of any wise man to cause them to be discovered now by means of spies,[21] what we should do unto the sons of Pandu, I shall say, reflecting with the aid of the intellect.  Know that I shall say nothing from ill will to thee.  People like me should never give such counsels to him that is dishonest, for only counsels (like those I would give) should be offered unto them that are honest.  Counsels, however, that are evil, should under no circumstances be offered.  He, O child, that is devoted to truth and obedient to the aged, he, indeed, that is wise, while speaking in the midst of an assembly, should under all circumstances speak the truth, if the acquisition of virtue be an object with him.  I should, therefore, say that I think differently from all those people here, in respect of the abode of Yudhishthira the just in this the thirteenth year of his exile.  The ruler, O child, of the city or the province where king Yudhishthira resides cannot have any misfortune.  Charitable and liberal and humble and modest must the people be of the country where king Yudhishthira resides.  Agreeable in speech, with passions under control, observant of truth, cheerful, healthy, pure in conduct, and skilful in work must the people be of the country where king Yudhishthira resides.  The people of

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