the foremost of all bows; Kesava is the foremost of
all beings; the Sudarsana is the foremost of all weapons;
and of cars, that furnished with the banner bearing
the blazing Ape on it is the foremost. That car
of his, bearing all these and drawn by white steeds,
will, O king, consume us all in battle like the upraised
wheel of Time. O bull of the Bharata race, his
is even now the whole earth and he is the foremost
of all kings, who hath Bhima and Arjuna to fight for
him. Beholding the host sinking in despair when
smitten by Bhima, the Kauravas headed by Duryodhana
will all meet destruction. Struck with the fear
of Bhima and Arjuna, the sons, O king, and the kings
following them, will not, O lord, be able to win victory.
The Matsyas, the Panchalas, the Salways and the Surasenas,
all decline to pay thee homage now and all disregard
thee. Acquainted with the energy of that wise
king, all of them, however, have joined that son of
Pritha, and for their devotion to him they are always
opposed to thy sons. He that, by his evil deeds,
afflicted the sons of Pandu, who are all wedded to
virtue and undeserving of destruction, he that hateth
them even now,—that sinful man, O monarch,
who is none else than thy son,—should,
with all his adherents, be checked by all means.
It behoveth thee not to bewail in this strain.
Even this was said by myself as well as by the wise
Vidura at the time of the gambling match at dice.
These thy lamentations in connection with the Pandavas,
as if thou wert a helpless person, are, O king, all
“Duryodhana said, ’Fear not, O king.
Nor shouldest thou grieve for us. O monarch,
O lord, we are quite able to vanquish the foe in battle.
When the Parthas had been exiled to the woods, there
came unto them the slayer of Madhu with a vast army
in battle array and capable of crushing hostile kingdoms;
and there also came unto them the Kekayas, and Dhrishtaketu,
and Dhrishtadyumna of Pritha’s race and numerous
other kings in their train; and all those great car-warriors
were assembled in a place not far from Indraprastha;
and having assembled together they censured thee and
all the Kurus. And O Bharata, all those warriors
with Krishna at their head paid their homage unto
Yudhishthira clad in deerskin and seated in their
midst. And all those kings then suggested to Yudhishthira
that he should take back the kingdom. And all
of them desired to slay thee with all the followers.
And hearing of all this, O bull of the Bharata race,
I addressed Bhishma and Drona and Kripa, struck with
fear, O king, at the prospect of the ruin that threatened
our kindred. And I said unto them, ’I think
the Pandavas will not abide by the agreement made by
them; Vasudeva desireth our utter extinction.
I think also that with the exception of Vidura all
of you will be slain, although the chief of the Kurus,
Dhritarashtra, conversant with morality, will not be