The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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Yudhishthira said, “Ye have already said what offices ye will respectively perform.  I also, according to the measure of my sense, have said what office I will perform.  Let our priest, accompanied by charioteers and cooks, repair to the abode of Drupada, and there maintain our Agnihotra fires.  And let Indrasena and the others, taking with then the empty cars, speedily proceeded to Dwaravati.  Even this is my wish.  And let all these maid-servants of Draupadi go to the Panchalas, with our charioteers and cooks.  And let all of them say,—­We do not know where the Pandavas have gone leaving us at the lake of Dwaitavana.”

Vaisampayana said, “Having thus taken counsel of one another and told one another the offices they would discharge, the Pandavas sought Dhaumya’s advice.  And Dhaumya also gave them advice in the following words, saying, Ye sons of Pandu, the arrangements ye have made regarding the Brahmanas, yours friends, cars, weapons, and the (sacred) fires, are excellent.  But it behoveth thee, O Yudhishthira, and Arjuna specially, to make provision for the protection of Draupadi.  Ye king, ye are well-acquainted with the characters of men.  Yet whatever may be your knowledge, friends may from affection be permitted to repeat what is already known.  Even this is subservient to the eternal interests of virtue, pleasure, and profit.  I shall, therefore speak to you something.  Mark ye.  To dwell with a king is, alas, difficult.  I shall tell you, ye princes, how ye may reside in the royal household, avoiding every fault.  Ye Kauravas, honourably or otherwise, ye will have to pass this year in the king’s palace, undiscovered by those that know you.  Then in the fourteenth year, ye will live happy.  O son of Pandu, in this world, that cherisher and protector of all beings, the king, who is a deity in an embodied form, is as a great fire sanctified with all the mantras. [6] One should present himself before the king, after having obtained his permission at the gate.  No one should keep contact with royal secrets.  Nor should one desire a seat which another may covet.  He who doth not, regarding himself to be a favourite, occupy (the king’s) car, or coach, or seat, or vehicle, or elephant, is alone worthy of dwelling in a royal household.  He that sits not upon a seat the occupation of which is calculated raise alarm in the minds of malicious people, is alone worthy of dwelling in a royal household.  No one should, unasked offer counsel (to a king).  Paying homage in season unto the king, one should silently and respectfully sit beside the king, for kings take umbrage at babblers, and disgrace laying counsellors.  A wise person should not contact friendship with the king’s wife, nor with the inmates of the inner apartments, nor with those that are objects of royal displeasure.  One about the king should do even the most unimportant acts and with the king’s knowledge.  Behaving

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