Gavalgana, what they have told me of the activity
of Krishna in cause of Pandu’s sons, and what
I remember of his past achievements, leave me no peace
of mind. No foe whatsoever is capable of withstanding
them, who are under the lead of that lion of the Vrishni
tribe. My heart is trembling with fear upon learning
that the two Krishnas, are seated on the selfsame
car. If my dull-headed son forbear to fight with
those two, then may he fare well,—else those
two will consume the race of Kuru as Indra and Upendra
consume the Daitya hosts. Dhananjaya is, I conceive,
equal to Indra, and the greatest of the Vrishni race,
Krishna, is the Eternal Vishnu himself. The son
of Kunti and Pandu, Yudhishthira, is virtuous and
brave and eschews deeds that bring on shame.
Endued with great energy, he hath been wronged by
Duryodhana. If he were not high-minded, the would
in wrath burn the Dhritarashtras. I do not so
much dread Arjuna or Bhima or Krishna or the twin
brothers as I dread the wrath of the king, O Suta,
when his wrath is excited. His austerities are
great; he is devoted to Brahmacharya practices.
His heart’s wishes will certainly be fulfilled.
When I think of his wrath, O Sanjaya, and consider
how just it is, I am filled with alarm. Go thou
speedily on a car, despatched by me, where the troops
of the king of the Panchalas are encamped. Thou
wilt ask Yudhishthira about his welfare. Thou
wilt repeatedly address him in affectionate terms.
Thou wilt also meet Krishna, O child, who is the chief
of all brave men and who is endued with a magnanimous
soul. Him also thou wilt ask on my part as to
his welfare, and tell him that Dhritarashtra is desirous
of peace with Pandu’s sons. O Suta, there
is nothing that Yudhishthira, the son of Kunti, would
not do at the bidding of Krishna. Kesava is as
dear to them as their own selves. Possessed of
great learning, he is ever devoted to their cause.
Thou wilt also enquire about the welfare of all the
assembled sons of Pandu and the Srinjayas and Satyaki
and Virata and all the five sons of Draupadi, professing
to be a messenger from me. And whatsoever also
thou mayst deem to be opportune, and beneficial for
the Bharata race, all that, O Sanjaya, thou must say
in the midst of those kings,—everything,
in sooth, that may not be unpalatable or provocative
“Vaisampayana said, ’Having beard these
words of king Dhritarashtra Sanjaya went to Upaplavya
to see the Pandavas of immeasurable strength.
And having approached king Yudhishthira, the son of
Kunti, he made obeisance to him first and then spoke.
And the son of Gavalgana, by name Sanjaya and by caste
a Suta, cheerfully spoke unto Ajatasatru, ’How
lucky, O king, that I see you hale, attended by friends
and little inferior to the great Indra. The aged
and wise king Dhritarashtra, the son of Ambika, hath
enquired about your welfare. I hope Bhimasena
is well, and that Dhananjaya, that foremost of the
Pandavas, and these two sons of Madri, are well.
I hope princess Krishna also, the daughter of Drupada,
is well,—she who never swerves from the
path of truth, that lady of great energy, that wife
of heroes. I hope she is well with her sons,—she
in whom are centred all your dearest joys and whose
welfare you constantly pray for.’