The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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righteousness.  O child, I have kinsmen to whose voice the Pandavas will ever listen, such, for instance, as Salya, Somadatta, the high-souled Bhishma, Drona, Vikarna, Valhika, Kripa, and others among the Bharatas that are illustrious and reverend in years.  If they speak unto them on thy behalf the Pandavas will certainly act according to those beneficial recommendations.  Or, who amongst these, thinkest thou, belongs to their party that will speak to them otherwise?  Krishna will never abandon the path of righteousness.  The Pandavas are all obedient to him.  Words of righteousness spoken by myself also, those heroes will never disobey, for the Pandavas are all of righteous soul.’  Piteously lamenting, O Suta, I spoke these and many such words unto my son.  Foolish as he is, he listened not to me!  I think all this to be the mischievous influence of Time!  There where Vrikodara and Arjuna are, and the Vrishni hero, Satyaki, and Uttamaujas of the Panchalas, and the invincible Yudhamanyu, and the irrepressible Dhrishtadyumna, and the unvanquished Sikhandin, the Asmakas, the Kekayas, and Kshatradharman of ’the Somakas, the ruler of the Chedis, and Chekitana, and Vibhu, the son of the ruler of the Kasi, the sons of Draupadi, and Virata and the mighty car-warrior Drupada, and those tigers among men viz., the twins (Nakula and Sahadeva), and the stayer of Madhu to offer counsel, who is there in this world that would fight these, expecting to live?  Who else, again, is there, save Duryodhana, and Karna, and Sakuni, the son of Suvala, and Duhsasana as their fourth, for I do not see the fifth that would venture to resist my foes while the latter display their celestial weapons?  They who have Vishnu himself on their car, clad in mail and reins in hand, they who have Arjuna for their warrior, they can never have defeat!  Doth not Duryodhana now recollect those lamentations of mine?  The tiger among men, Bhishma, thou hast said, has been slain.  I think, beholding the fruits of the words uttered by the far-seeing Vidura, my sons are now indulging in lamentations!  I think, beholding his army overwhelmed by Sini’s grandson and Arjuna, beholding the terraces of his cars empty, my sons are indulging in lamentations.  As a swelling conflagration urged by the winds consumes a heap of dry grass at the close of winter, even so will Dhananjaya consume my troops.  O Sanjaya, thou art accomplished in narration.  Tell me everything that transpired after the doing of that great wrong to Partha in the evening.  When Abhimanyu was slain, what became the state of your minds?  Having, O son, greatly offended the wielder of Gandiva, my warriors are incapable of bearing in battle his achievements.  What measures were resolved upon by Duryodhana and what by Karna?  What also did Duhsasana and Suvala’s son do?  O Sanjaya, O son, that which has in battle befallen all my children assembled together, is certainly due to the evil acts of the wicked Duryodhana, who followeth in the path of avarice, who is of wicked understanding, whose judgment is perverted by wrath, who coveteth sovereignty, who is foolish, and who is deprived of reason by anger.  Tell me, O Sanjaya, what measures were then adopted by Duryodhana?  Were they ill-judged or well-judged?’”

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