The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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“Yudhishthira said, ’O Sanjaya, the son of Gavalgana, hath thy journey here been safe?  We are pleased with thy sight.  I ask thee in return how thou art.  I am, O learned man, in excellent health with my younger brothers.  O Suta, after a long while do I now receive news of the aged king of the Kurus, that descendant of Bharata.  Having seen thee, O Sanjaya, I feel as if I have seen the king himself, so pleased I am!  Is our aged grandsire Bhishma, the descendant of Kuru, endued with great energy and the highest wisdom and always devoted to the practices of his own order, O sire, in health?  I hope he still retains all his former habits.  I hope the high-souled king Dhritarashtra, the so-n of Vichitravirya, is in health with his sons.  I hope the great king Vahlika, the son of Pratipa, endued with great learning, is also in health.  I hope, O sire, that Somadatta is in health, and Bhurisravas, and Satyasandha, and Sala, and Drona with his son, and the Brahmana Kripa are also well.  I hope all those mighty bowmen are free from disease.  O Sanjaya, all those greatest and best of bowmen, endued with the highest intelligence and versed in letters, and occupying the very top of those who wield weapons, have attached themselves to the Kurus.  I hope those bowmen receive their honours due.  I hope they are free from disease.  How happy are they in whose kingdom dwells the mighty and handsome bowman, the well-behaved son of Drona!  I hope Yuyutsu, the highly intelligent son of Dhritarashtra by his Vaisya wife is in health.  I hope, O sire, the adviser Karna, whose counsels are followed by the dull-headed Suyodhana, is in health.  I hope, the aged ladies, the mothers of the Bharata race, and the kitchen-maidens, the bond-maids, the daughters-in-law, the boys, the sister’s sons, and ‘the sisters, and the daughters’ sons of Dhritarashtra’s house are all free from trouble.  O sire, I hope the king still allows their former subsistence to the Brahmanas.  I hope, O Sanjaya, Dhritarashtra’s son hath not seized those gifts to the Brahmanas that I made.  I hope Dhritarashtra with his sons meets in a spirit of forbearance any over-bearing conduct on the part of the Brahmanas.  I hope he never neglects to make provision for them, that being the sole highway to heaven.  For this is the excellent and clear light that hath been provided by the Creator in this world of living beings.  If like dull-headed persons, the sons of Kuru do not treat the Brahmanas in a forbearing spirit, wholesale destruction will overtake them.  I hope king Dhritarashtra and his son try to provide for the functionaries of state.  I hope there are no enemies for theirs, who, disguised as friends, are conspiring for their ruin.  O sire, I hope none of these Kurus talk of our having committed any crimes.  I hope Drona and his son and the heroic Kripa do not talk of our having been guilty in any way.  I hope all the Kurus look up to king Dhritarashtra and his sons as the protectors of their tribe.  I hope when they see a horde

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