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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 1,884 pages of information about The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1.

“Duryodhana said ’O son of Suvala, thou thyself represent properly all this to Dhritarashtra, the chief of the Kurus.  I shall not be able to do so.

SECTION XLVIII

Vaisampayana said—­“O king, impressed with the great Rajasuya sacrifice of king Yudhishthira, Sakuni, the son of Suvala, having learnt before the intentions of Duryodhana, while accompanying him in the way from the assembly house, and desirous of saying what was agreeable to him, approached Dhritarashtra endued with great wisdom, and finding the monarch deprived of his eye seated (in his throne), told him these words,—­’Know, O great king, O bull of the Bharata race, that Duryodhana, having lost colour, hath become pale and emaciated and depressed and a prey to anxiety.  Why dost thou not, after due enquiry, ascertain the grief that is in the heart of thy eldest son, the grief that is caused by the foe?’

“Dhritarashtra said,—­’Duryodhana, what is the reason of thy great affliction.  O son of the Kuru race?  If it is fit for me to hear it, then tell me the reason.  This Sakuni here says that thou hast lost colour, become pale and emaciated, and a prey to anxiety.  I do not know what can be the reason of the sorrow.  This vast wealth of mine is at thy control.  Thy brothers and all our relations never do anything that is disagreeable to thee.  Thou wearest the best apparel and eatest the best food that is prepared with meat.  The best of horse carries thee.  What it is, therefore, that hath made thee pale and emaciated?  Costly beds, beautiful damsels, mansions decked with excellent furniture, and sport of the delightful kind, without doubt these all wait but at thy command, as in the case of the gods themselves Therefore, O proud one, why dost thou grieve, O son, as if thou wert destitute.’

“Duryodhana said,—­’I eat and dress myself like a wretch and pass my time all the while a prey to fierce jealousy.  He indeed is a man, who incapable of bearing the pride of the foe, liveth having vanquished that foe with the desire of liberating his own subjects from the tyranny of the foe.  Contentment, as also pride, O Bharata, are destructive of prosperity; and those other two qualities also, viz., compassion and fear.  One who acteth under the influence of these, never obtaineth anything high.  Having beheld Yudhishthira’s prosperity, whatever I enjoy brings me no gratification.  The prosperity of Kunti’s son that is possessed of such splendour maketh me pale.  Knowing the affluence of the foe and my own destitution, even though that affluence is not before me, I yet see it before me.  Therefore, have I lost colour and become melancholy, pale and emaciated.  Yudhishthira supporteth eighty-eight thousand Snataka Brahmanas leading domestic lives, giving unto each of them thirty slave-girls.  Beside this, thousand other Brahmanas daily eat at his palace the best of food on golden plates.  The king of Kambhoja sent unto him (as

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