The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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Sanjaya, Vivingsati, and of many of thy kinsmen, O chastiser of foes, and many of thy friends also.  The whole world, O sire, will derive benefit from that peace.  Thou art endued with modesty, born in a noble race, hast learning and kindness of heart.  Be obedient, O sire, to the commands of thy father, and also of thy mother, O bull of Bharata’s race.  They that are good sons always regard that to be beneficial which their fathers command.  Indeed, when overtaken by calamity, every one recollects the injunctions of his father.  Peace with the Pandavas, O sire, recommend itself to thy father.  Let it, therefore, O chief of the Kurus recommend itself to thee also with thy counsellors.  That mortal who having listened to the counsels of friends doth not act according to them, is consumed at the end by the consequences of his disregard, like him who swalloweth the fruit called Kimpaka.  He that from folly doth not accept beneficial counsels, unnerved by procrastination and unable to attain his object, is obliged to repent at last.  He, on the other hand, who having listened to beneficial counsels accepteth them at once, abandoning his opinion, always winneth happiness in the world.  He that rejects the words of well-meaning friends, regarding those words as opposed to his interest, but accepts words that are really so opposed, is soon subjugated by his foes.  Disregarding the opinions of the righteous he that abideth by the opinions of the wicked, soon maketh his friends weep for him in consequence of his being plunged into distress.  Forsaking superior counsellors he that seeketh the advice of inferior ones, soon falleth into great distress and succeedeth not in saving himself.  That companion of the sinful, who behaveth falsely and never listeneth to good friends, who honoureth strangers but hateth those that are his own, is soon, O Bharata, cast off by the Earth.  O bull of Bharata’s race, having quarrelled with those (the sons of Pandu), thou seekest protection from others viz., those that are sinful, incapable, and foolish.  What other man is there on earth besides thee, who, disregarding kinsmen, that are all mighty charioteers, and each of whom resembleth Sakra himself, would seek protection and aid from strangers?  Thou hast persecuted the sons of Kunti, from their very birth.  They have not been angry with thee, for the sons of Pandu are indeed virtuous.  Although thou hast behaved deceitfully towards the Pandavas from their very birth, yet, O mighty-armed one, those distinguished persons have acted generously towards thee.  It behoveth thee, therefore, O bull of Bharata’s race, to act towards those principal kinsmen of thine with equal generosity.  Do not yield thyself to the influence of wrath.  O bull of Bharata’s race, the exertions of the wise are always associated with virtue, profit, and desire.  If, indeed, all these three cannot be attained, men follow at least virtue and profit.  If, again, these three are pursued separately, it is
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