sojourn of concealment unrecognised, they still say
that the latter had been recognised? They were
besought by Bhishma and the magnanimous Drona, but
they would not yet consent to give back to the Pandavas
the throne that belongeth to them by right of birth.
The means with which I would beseech them would be
sharp arrows. I shall fight and with a strong
hand force them to prostrate themselves at the feet
of the illustrious son of Kunti. If, however,
they do not bow at the feet of the wise Yudhishthira,
then they and their partisans must go to the regions
of Yama. When Yuyudhana (myself) is enraged and
resolved to fight, they, to be sure, are unequal to
withstand his impetus, as mountains are unable to resist
that of the thunderbolt. Who can withstand Arjuna
in fight, or him who hath the discus for his weapon
in battle, or myself as well? Who can withstand
the unapproachable Bhima? And who, having regard
for his life, would come near the twin brothers who
firmly grasp their bows and resemble the death-dealing
Yama in intelligence? Who would approach Dhrishtadyumna,
the son of Drupada, or these five sons of the Pandavas
who have added lustre to Draupadi’s name, rivalling
their fathers in valour, equal to them in every respect
and full of martial pride, or him of the powerful
bow, Subhadra’s son, irresistible by even the
gods themselves; or Gada, or Pradyumna, or Samva,
resembling Yama or the thunderbolt or fire? We
shall slay Dhritarashtra’s son and Sakuni and
Karna in battle, and place the Pandava on the throne.
There is no sin in slaying them that are bent on slaying
us: but to be a beggar before foes is both impious
and infamous. I ask you to be diligent in doing
that which is heartily desired by Yudhishthira.
Let Pandu’s son get back the kingdom resigned
by Dhritarashtra! Either Yudhishthira should get
back his kingdom this very day or all our enemies
shall lie down on the earth slain by me!’
“Drupada said, ’O mighty-armed one, it
will, without doubt, be even as thou hast said!
Never will Duryodhana give up the kingdom by peaceful
means, and Dhritarashtra, who dotes on his son, will
follow him in his wish. And so will Bhishma and
Drona from imbecility, and Karna and Sakuni from folly.
The words of Valadeva command themselves to my judgment;
the course pointed out by him should, indeed, be followed
by a man who desires peaceful settlement. But
Duryodhana should never be addressed in mild words.
Vicious by nature, he, I believe cannot be brought
to reason by mildness. In respect of an ass,
mildness is in place; but in respect of animals of
the bovine species, severity should be resorted to.
If any one were to speak mild words to Duryodhana,
vicious by nature that wicked wight would consider
the speaker to be an imbecile person. If a mild
course is adopted towards him, the fool will think
that he has won. Let us do even this, let us
make preparations; let us send word to our friends