partisan, have already defeated everybody in war.
They who have Drupada for their father-in-law, and
Drupada’s sons—the heroic brothers,
., Dhristadyumna and others of Prishata’s
race for their brothers-in-law, are certainly invincible.
Remembering this, O monarch, and knowing that their
claim to the kingdom is even prior to thine, behave
virtuously towards them. The stain of calumny
is on thee, O monarch, in consequence of that act
of Purochana. Wash thyself of it now, by a kindly
behaviour towards the Pandavas. This kindly behaviour
of thine, O monarch, towards the Pandavas will be
an act of great benefit to us, protecting the lives
of us all that belong to Kuru’s race, and leading
to the growth of the whole Kshatriya order! We
had formerly warred with king Drupada; if we can now
secure him as an ally, it will strengthen our party.
The Dasarhas, O king, are numerous and strong.
Know where Krishna is, all of them must be, and where
Krishna is, there victory also must be! O king,
who, unless cursed by the gods, would seek, to effect
that by means of war which can be effected by conciliation?
Hearing that the sons of Pritha are alive, the citizens
and other subjects of the realm have become exceedingly
glad and eager for beholding them. O monarch,
act in a way that is agreeable to them. Duryodhana
and Karna and Sakuni, the son of Suvala, are sinful,
foolish and young; listen not to them. Possessed
of every virtue thou art I long ago told thee, O monarch
that for Duryodhana’s fault, the subjects of
this kingdom would be exterminated.’”
(Viduragamana Parva continued)
“Vaisampayana said, ’Hearing these various
speeches, Dhritarashtra said, The learned Bhishma,
the son of Santanu, and the illustrious Rishi Drona,
and thyself also (O Vidura), have said the truth and
what also is most beneficial to me. Indeed, as
those mighty car-warriors, the heroic sons of Kunti.
are the children of Pandu, so are they, without doubt,
my children according to the ordinance. And as
my sons are entitled to this kingdom, so are the sons
of Pandu certainly entitled to it. Therefore,
hasten to bring hither the Pandavas along with their
mother, treating them with affectionate consideration.
O thou of Bharata’s race, bring also Krishna
of celestial beauty along with them. From sheer
good fortune the sons of Pritha are alive; and from
good fortune alone those mighty car-warriors have
obtained the daughter of Drupada. It is from good
fortune alone that our strength hath increased, and
it is from good fortune alone that Purochana hath
perished. O thou of great splendour, it is from
good fortune that my great grief hath been killed!’