Tuesday, 22 July 2014

72. Bhishma is Furious With Vidura For suggesting Division of Hastinapura to Dhritarashtra

Vidura gets down the chariot to meet Sage Vyasa. Sage Vyasa listens to Vidura's woes and tells him that he is the incarnation of the Lord of Justice. Then he asks his disciple Vaishampayana to bring him some fruit to quench his hunger. Vaishampayana brings a single mango, and the sage asks his disciple to halve the fruit so that both Vyasa and Vidura could have it. He tells Vidura that he has the answer to the problem and he would understand it once he contemplates on the issue on hand in a dispassionate way.

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.

71. Gandhari Advises Dhritarashtra to Observe Silence and Take No Decision (13-07-14)

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

70. Furore in Hastinapur Assembly: Nobody the Legitimate Kuru Heir Except Bhishma

In the previous episode, Dhritarashtra had announced that the elders' assembly would discuss who should be crowned the future king of Hastinapura. Kunti has an inkling that the elders in the assembly would request them to give up their claims to the throne for the sake of peace. She tells Yudhishtra not to yield if such a request is ever made. Yudhishtra and others agree entirely with this.

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

69. Kunti Takes Charge of Hastinapur Affairs

Bhishma, Kunti, Gandhari, Draupadi, Vidura and others offer prayers
Bhishma, Vidura, Gandhari and Kunti bless Draupadi and ask her to light the lamp to drive away the darkness in their lives and illuminate it with divine light. Kunti prays that her sons who have known no happiness till now should start living happily with Draupadi and start their marital life now.

Monday, 23 June 2014

68. Pandavas Enter Hastinapur to a Grand Welcome Even As Gandhari Hears Unearthly Evil Laughter

In continuation with the previous episode, Kunti expresses her gratitude to Vidura, but Vidura kneels down before her to seek her blessings. Vidura says he is assailed by guilt for remaining a mere spectator when Pandavas were meted out injustices. He had been helpless because he didn't have sufficient proof of Kaurava's evil designs. Kunti consoles him saying he would always have Pandu's blessings.

Pandavas express concern regarding living in the same palace as the Kauravas after having learned all about their treachery. Vidura advises them to ignore the lingering doubts and carry on with a calm mind

. Dhritarashtra calls the Kauravas for a meetings and tells them he expects them to welcome the home-coing Pandavas and their wife Draupadi. Duryodhana seethes with anger and refuses to participate in the welcome ceremony. Karna and Shakuni also say they too do not want to have anything to do with the celebrations. The next day, however, Shakuni joins Bhishma and others as they ceremonially welcome the Pandavas and Kunti.

Gandhari is excited to usher in the Pandavas, but Dhritarashtra is troubled by Duryodhana's attitude and his own helplessness. Gandhari hears an evil guffawing laughter which nobody else hears and feels a foreboding of bad events in the future.

Monday, 16 June 2014

67. Dhritarashtra Tells Gandhari To Support Kauravas However Wrong They Might Be

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After he chides Gandhari and she leaves teary-eyed (previous episode), Dhritarashtra is anxiously waiting her arrival. Gandhari tiptoes into the room and Dhritarashtra asks her if she is angry. Gandhari says she is one amongst the several servants in the palace and she realized just today that she doesn't have any right to be offended. Dhritarashtra is piqued by her words and tells her not to singe him with harsh words. Gandhari says it was not her intention to hurt him. Dhritarashtra asks her if she had gone to see Vidura and what he had told her. He is relieved to hear that Vidura had only reaffirmed Dhritarashtra's love for Gandhari. He tells Gandhari that he wasn't angry with her at all, but was rattled when she asked Shakuni to leave the country. In his view, Shakuni was truly interested in their welfare, as Gandhari herself had told him once. Gandhari expresses her concern that Shakunii might lead her sons in the wrong path. She doesn't want the Hastinapur throne for her sons at the cost of Pandavas.

Vidura with the Pandavas at Panchala

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

66. Gandhari Realizes She is a Mere Puppet with No Voice in Hastinapur Affairs

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[Continued from previous episode where Vidura and Shakuni have an intense argument]. Bhishma explains it would be morally wrong not to give Pandavas the right to rule. Dhritarashtra thanks Bhishma for guiding him in discharging his duties. Then he orders Vidura to take precious gems, gold and diamond jewelry and other expensive gifts to Panchala and escort Pandavas to Hastinapura.

Balarama has decided to give his sister Subhadra in marriage to Duryodhana. Subhadra, who loves Arjuna, is anxious and expresses her concern to Krishna. Krishna teases her playfully. Just then Balarama joins them. Balarama justifies his selection of Duryodhana saying that Arjuna has married Draupadi first, and hence Draupadi's son would become the king in the future. After Balarama leaves, Krishna assures Subhadra that it would be Krishna who would fix the alliance and that he would take care of her.