where his uncle was. He saw king Dhritarashtra,
that lord of Earth, at his ease, with Gandhari beside
him, after having finished his morning rites.
The righteous-souled monarch saw also his mother, Kunti,
seated not much remote from that place, like a disciple
with bent head, endued with humility. He saluted
the old king, proclaiming his name. ‘Sit
down’ were the words the old king said.
Receiving Dhritarashtra’s permission, Yudhishthira
sat himself down on a mat of Kusa grass. Then
the other sons of Pandu with Bhima among them, O thou
of Bharata’s race, saluted the king and touched
his feet and sat themselves down, receiving his permission.
The old Kuru king, surrounded by them, looked exceedingly
beautiful. Indeed, he blazed with a Vedic splendour
like Vrihaspati in the midst of the celestials.
After they had sat themselves down, many great Rishis,
., Satayupa and others, who were denizens of
Kurukshetra, came there. The illustrious and learned
Vyasa, possessed of great energy, and reverenced by
even the celestial Rishis, showed himself, at the
head of his numerous disciples, unto Yudhishthira.
The Kuru king Dhritarashtra, Kunti’s son Yudhishthira
of great energy, and Bhimasena and others, stood up
and advancing a few steps, saluted those guests.
Approaching near, Vyasa, surrounded by Satayupa and
others, addressed king Dhritarashtra, saying,—’Be
thou seated.’ The illustrious Vyasa then
took an excellent seat made of Kusa grass placed upon
a black deer-skin and covered with a piece of silken
cloth. They had reserved that seat for him.
After Vyasa had been seated, all those foremost of
regenerate persons, endued with abundant energy, sat
themselves down, having received the permission of
the Island-born sage.”
“Vaisampayana said, ’After the high-souled
Pandavas had all been seated, Satyavati’s son
Vyasa said,—O Dhritarashtra of mighty arms,
hast thou been able to achieve penances? Is thy
mind, O king, pleased with thy residence in the woods?
Has the grief that was thine, born of the slaughter
of thy sons in battle, disappeared from thy heart?
Are all thy perceptions, O sinless one, now clear?
Dost thou practise the ordinances of forest life after
having made thy heart firm? Does my daughter-in-law,
Gandhari, allow herself to be overwhelmed by grief?
She is possessed of great wisdom. Endued with
intelligence, that queen understands both Religion
and Wealth. She is well conversant with the truths
that relate to both prosperity and adversity.
Does she still grieve? Does Kunti, O king, who
in consequence of her devotion to the service of her
seniors, left her children, attend to thy wants and
serve thee with all humility? Have the high-minded
and high-souled king, Yudhishthira, the son of Dharma
and Bhima and Arjuna and the twins been sufficiently
comforted? Dost thou feet delight at seeing them?
Has thy mind become freed from every stain? Has