Pandavas and Kunti meet Dhritarashtra who openly admits that Yudhishtra is the sole rightful heir, but despite this he is still bound by his son Duryodhana's greed and fiercely blind ambition. He asks Yudhishtra to pardon him for his many lapses. He promises to hold Yudhishtra's coronation soon, after which he could go to Khandavaprastha. In fact, if Yudhishtra insists, he is prepared to give the entire Hastinapura to him and he would then leave the palace along with Gandhari. Shakuni intervenes, saying Duryodhana is waiting outside to have a word with him, but Dhritarashtra angrily asks Shakuni to get out. Yudhishtra is reluctant, but Gandhari requests Kunti to intercede, after which Yudhishtra agrees for the coronation.
Thursday, 21 August 2014
Vidura expresses the fear that the Pandavas might not agree to this gross injustice, but Dhritarashtra discounts it saying it was Vidura's duty as a chief minister to force Pandavas into submission. Vidura retorts that it was also his duty to warn the king of dire consequences that might result from his action: in particular, Drupada might send an army in support of the Pandavas. This infuriates Dhritarashtra who declares that he is not worried about the threat from Panchala, as Bheeshma, who has sworn to protect Hastinapura, would fight off this threat.
Bheeshma understands that the only alternative left for them is to obey the king and he tells Vidura that they should carry out the king's order and not bother about its propriety. Once out of the king's chambers, Bheeshma is worried how to break the news to the Pandavas.
Tuesday, 5 August 2014
Bheeshma cannot contain his fury. He goes to the Ganges river and shoots a shower of arrows at the river. He pleads with his mother to appear before him and release him from the dilemma he is stuck in. Seeing her son so desperate, Ganga appears before him.
Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Kunti meets Bhishma and expresses her anguish. Bhishma admits his helplessness in not being able to defend her honor when Duryodhana smeared mud on her reputation. He promises Kunti his support for her cause.
|Bhishma threatens to kill Vidura for |
suggesting the division of Hastinapura
Dhritarashtra asks Bhishma and Vidura to meet him. He tells them that he would not be able to think dispassionately because his mind is muddled with passion and anxiety for his sons. He tells that he has decided to yield the power of decision making to both of them and that he would abide by any decision they would take.
|Dhritarastra visits Vyasa|
Dhritarashtra goes to Vyasa's ashram. He tells the sage of the predicament he is in whereby he is unable to make decisions. Vyasa asks him whether he is merely unable to take decisions or whether he did not want to take decision; after all he had already made his decision known (about crowning Yudhistra before the Pandavas left for Varanavata). Dhritarashtra says Duryodhana refuses to accept that decision. Sage Vyasa points out Dritarashtra failed to tell Duyodhana in his young age itself that his elder brother Yudhishtra living in the forest was the undisputed heir to the throne. Instead he had filled his son with his own greedy thoughts of becoming the future king. Dritarashtra could never follow his righteous advice, because he was already aware of the justice but wanted to use the sage's name to further his own cause. Finally he advised him to remove the garb of father from himself and instead think and act like the king of Hastinapura and then all his confusions would vanish.
Krishna is playing the game of dice with Rukmini and his sister Subhadra. Balarama wants to go to Hastinapur to seek the aaliance of Duryodhana for their sister Subhadra. Krishna cleverly avoids making the move, suggesting the time to be inauspicious and this could impact her future. Subhadra wonders how long this kind of dilly-dallying could go on, and at best they have succeeded in postponing the date by four days. Krishna says in mysterious tone that many things could change within those four days.
Thursday, 10 July 2014
Drona sees a man bringing a sack of rice to Ashwaththama who directs him to take it inside. On Drona's enquiry, Ashwaththama reveals that this was a tribute Drupada is paying them after his defeat by Arjuna. Drona disapproves and advises him not to continue the practice, as he considered Drupada his friend. Ashwaththama points out that Drona is thankless and always regards Drona his adversary. On two occasions he sought the help of Drona: once for training his son under Drona and subsequently for devising the swayamwara contest for Draupadi. Yet, he failed to thank Drona after Draupadi's marriage. Drona says he was aware of Drupada's shortcomings, yet he wanted to extend only friendship to Drupada.
Drupada is seen offering 'pinda' to himself. When Drishtadyumna enquires about this, Drupada says that he is seething under the shame of paying tribute to Hastinapur and this would cease only when Drona is killed and he regains his full kingdom.
Monday, 30 June 2014
|Bhishma, Kunti, Gandhari, Draupadi, Vidura and others offer prayers|