The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1 eBook

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“Vaisampayana said, ’Hearing these words of Vidura, Drupada said, ’It is even so as thou, O Vidura of great wisdom, hast said.  Venerable one, I too have been exceedingly happy in consequence of this alliance.  It is highly proper that these illustrious princes should return to their ancestral kingdom.  But it is not proper for me to say this myself.  If the brave son of Kunti viz., Yudhishthira, if Bhima and Arjuna, if these bulls among men, viz., the twins, themselves desire to go and if Rama (Valadeva) and Krishna, both acquainted with every rule of morality, be of the same mind, then let the Pandavas go thither.  For these tigers among men (Rama and Krishna) are ever engaged in doing what is agreeable and beneficial to the sons of Pandu.’

“Hearing this, Yudhishthira said, ’We are now, O monarch, with all our younger brothers, dependent on thee.  We shall cheerfully do what thou art pleased to command.’

“Vaisampayana continued, ’Then Vasudeva said, ’I am of opinion that the Pandavas should go.  But we should all abide by the opinion of king Drupada who is conversant with every rule of morality.’

“Drupada then spoke, ’I certainly agree with what this foremost of men, thinketh, having regard to the circumstances.  For the illustrious sons of Pandu now are to me as they are, without doubt, to Vasudeva.  Kunti’s son Yudhishthira himself doth not seek the welfare of the Pandavas so earnestly as, Kesava, that tiger among men.’

“Vaisampayana continued, ’Commanded by the illustrious Drupada, the Pandavas, then, O king, and Krishna and Vidura, taking with them Krishna, the daughter of Drupada, and the renowned Kunti, journeyed towards the city called after the elephant, stopping at various places along the way for purposes of pleasure and enjoyment.  King Dhritarashtra, hearing that those heroes had neared the capital sent out the Kauravas to receive them.  They who were thus sent out were, O Bharata, Vikarna of the great bow, and Chitrasena, and Drona that foremost of warriors, and Kripa of Gautama’s line.  Surrounded by these, those mighty heroes, their splendour enhanced by that throng slowly entered the city of Hastinapura.  The whole city became radiant, as it were, with the gay throng of sight-seers animated by curiosity.  Those tigers among men gladdened the hearts of all who beheld them.  And the Pandavas, dear unto the hearts of the people, heard, as they proceeded, various exclamations with the citizens, ever desirous of obeying the wishes of those princes, loudly uttered.  Some exclaimed, ’Here returns that tiger among men, conversant with all the rules of morality and who always protects us as if we were his nearest relatives.’  And elsewhere they said, ’It seems that king Pandu—­the beloved of his people—­returneth today from the forest, doubtless to do what is agreeable to us.’  And there were some that said, ’What good is not done to us today when the heroic sons of Kunti come back to our town?  If we have ever given away in charity, if we have ever poured libations of clarified butter on the fire, if we have any ascetic merit, let the Pandavas, by virtue of all those acts stay in our town for a hundred years.’

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