The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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weareth not fine clothes.  If this were not so, we would never have been driven from the Kurus.  Although, however, all this is true, yet none cherished torments of the heart.  The king being himself in trouble seeketh protection in the might of others.  This is not wise.  Let him, however, receive from others the same behaviour that he displays towards them.  The man who casteth a burning fire at midday in the season of spring in a forest of dense underwood, hath certainly, when that fire blazeth forth by aid of the wind, to grieve for his lot if he wisheth to escape.  O Sanjaya, why doth king Dhritarashtra now bewail, although he hath all this prosperity?  It is because he had followed at first the counsels of his wicked son of vicious soul, addicted to crooked ways and confirmed in folly.  Duryodhana disregarded the words of Vidura, the best of his well-wishers, as if the latter were hostile to him.  King Dhritarashtra, desirous solely of satisfying his sons, would knowingly enter upon an unrighteous course.  Indeed, on account of his fondness for his son, he would not pay heed to Vidura, who, out of all the Kurus, is the wisest and best of all his well-wishers, possessing vast learning, clever in speech, and righteous in act.  King Dhritarashtra is desirous of satisfying his son, who, while himself seeking honours from others, is envious and wrathful, who transgresses the rules for the acquisition of virtue and wealth, whose tongue is foul, who always follows the dictates of his wrath, whose soul is absorbed in sensual pleasures, and who, full of unfriendly feelings to many, obeys no law, and whose life is evil, heart implacable, and understanding vicious.  For such a son as this, king Dhritarashtra knowingly abandoned virtue and pleasure.  Even then, O Sanjaya, when I was engaged in that game of dice I thought that the destruction of the Kurus was at hand, for when speaking those wise and excellent words Vidura obtained no praise from Dhritarashtra.  Then, O charioteer, did trouble overtake the Kurus when they disregarded the words of Vidura.  So long as they had placed themselves under the lead of his wisdom, their kingdom was in a flourishing state.  Hear from me, O charioteer, who are the counsellors now of the covetous Duryodhana.  They are Dussasana, and Sakuni the son of Suvala, and Karna the Suta’s son!  O son of Gavalgana, look at this folly of his!  So I do not see, though I think about it, how there can be prosperity for the Kurus and the Srinjayas when Dhritarashtra hath taken the throne from others, and the far seeing Vidura hath been banished elsewhere.  Dhritarashtra with his sons is now looking for an extensive and undisputed sovereignty over the whole world.  Absolute peace is, therefore, unattainable.  He regardeth what he hath already got to be his own.  When Arjuna taketh up his weapon in fight, Karna believeth him capable of being withstood.  Formerly there took place many great battles.  Why could not Karna then be of any avail to them.  It is known to
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