The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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that lead good lives.  Thou shouldst also represent unto all those persons who ride on elephants, and horses and cars, and who fight on foot,—­that mighty host composed of honourable men,—­that I am well, and then thou must enquire about their own welfare.  Thou must also enquire about the welfare of those that serve the king in the matter of his revenue or as his door-keepers, or as the leaders of his troops, or as the accountants of his income and outlay, or as officers constantly occupied in looking after other important concerns.  Thou must, O sire, also enquire about the welfare of Dhritarashtra’s son by his Vaisya wife,—­that youth who is one of the best of the Kuru race,—­who never falls into error, who possesseth vast wisdom, who is endued with every virtue, and who never cherishes a liking for this war!  Thou shouldst also ask about the welfare of Chitrasena who is unrivalled in the tricks of dice, whose tricks are never detected by others, who plays well, who is well-versed in the art of handling the dice, and who is unconquerable in play but not in fight.  Thou must also, O sire, enquire about the welfare of Sakuni, the king of the Gandharas, that native of the hilly country, who is unrivalled in deceitful games at dice, who enhances the pride of Dhritarashtra’s son, and whose understanding naturally leads to falsehood.  Thou must also enquire about the welfare of Karna, the son of Vikartana, that hero who is ready to vanquish, alone and unassisted, mounted on his car, the Pandavas whom no one dares assail in battle, that Karna who is unparalleled in deluding those that are already deluded.  Thou must also enquire about the welfare of Vidura, O sire, who alone is devoted to us, who is our instructor, who reared us, who is our father and mother and friend, whose understanding finds obstruction in nought, whose ken reaches far, and who is our counsellor.  Thou must also salute all the aged dames and those who are known to be possessed of merit, and those who are like mothers to us, meeting them gathered together in one place.  Thou must tell them, O Sanjaya, these words at first,—­Ye mothers of living sons, I hope, your sons comfort themselves towards you in a kindly, considerate, and worthy way.—­Thou must then tell them that Yudhishthira is doing well with his sons.  Those ladies, O Sanjaya, who are in the rank of our wives, thou must ask as to their welfare also addressing them in these words,—­I hope, you are well-protected.  I hope, your fair fame hath suffered no injury.  I hope, you are dwelling within your abodes blamelessly and carefully.  I hope, you are comforting yourselves towards your fathers-in-law in a kindly, praise-worthy and considerate way.  You must steadily adopt such a conduct for yourselves as will help you to win your husband’s favour!  Those young ladies, O Sanjaya, who bear a relationship to us like that of your daughters-in-law, who have been brought from high families, who are possessed of merit and who are mothers of children,—­thou
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