they belong. And, O Sanjaya, thou shouldst regard
them as worthy that adhere to the practices of their
own order in usual times as also those that do not
adhere to them in season of distress; thou shouldst
censure them that act otherwise in usual times while
adhering to their ordained practices during times of
distress. As regards men desiring to bring their
minds under control, when they endeavour to acquire
a knowledge of self, the practices that are ordained
for the best, viz
., the Brahmanas, are equally
ordained for them. As regards those, however,
that are not Brahmanas and that do not endeavour to
acquire knowledge of self, those practices should be
followed by them that are ordained for their respective
orders in seasons of distress or otherwise. Even
that is the path followed by our fathers and grandfathers
before us and those also that had lived before them.
As regards those that are desirous of knowledge and
avoiding to act, even these also hold the same view
and regard themselves as orthodox. I do not,
therefore, think that there is any other path.
Whatsoever wealth there may be in this earth, whatsoever
there may be among the gods, or whatsoever there may
be unattainable by them,—the region of the
Prajapati, or heaven or the region of Brahma himself,
I would not, O Sanjaya, seek it by unrighteous means.
Here is Krishna, the giver of virtue’s fruits,
who is clever, politic, intelligent, who has waited
upon the Brahmanas, who knows everything’ and
counsels various mighty kings. Let the celebrated
Krishna say whether I would be censurable if I dismiss
all idea of peace, of whether if I fight, I should
be abandoning the duties of my caste, for Krishna
seeketh the welfare of both sides. This Satyaki,
these Chedis, the Andhakas, the Vrishnis, the Bhojas,
the Kukuras, the Srinjayas, adopting the counsels
of Krishna, slay their foes and delight their friends.
The Vrishnis and the Andhakas, at whose head stands
Ugrasena, led by Krishna, have become like Indra, high-spirited,
devoted to truth, mighty, and happy. Vabhru, the
king of Kasi, having obtained Krishna, that fructifier
of wishes, as his brother, and upon whom Krishna showers
all the blessings of life, as the clouds upon all
earthly creatures, when the hot season is over, hath
attained the highest prosperity, O sire, so great
is this Krishna! Him you must know as the great
judge of the propriety or otherwise of all acts.
Krishna is dear to us, and is the most illustrious
of men. I never disregard what Krishna sayeth.’”
“Krishna said, ’I desire, O Sanjaya, that
the sons of Pandu may not be ruined; that they may
prosper, and attain their wishes. Similarly, I
pray for the prosperity of king Dhritarashtra whose
sons are many. For evermore, O Sanjaya, my desire
hath been that I should tell them nothing else than
that peace would be acceptable to king Dhritarashtra.
I also deem it proper for the sons of Pandu.