Chapter 24 Sakuni’s Plan to Deceive Pandavas
Sakuni and Duryodhana travelled to Dhritarashtra. Sakuni started out the discussion. He stated: “Duryodhana, the king, is wan with sorrow and worry.
His excruciating pain is going unnoticed by you. Why are you so worried? ”
The adoring father Dhritarashtra embraced Duryodhana and said: “I fail to see why you would be dejected. What do you already dislike about this place? The entire world is at your disposal. Why should you mope around in misery when you are surrounded by all kind of joys like the very gods? You have studied under the top instructors, learning the Vedas, archery, and other sciences. You have inherited the throne as my firstborn. What more do you have to desire? Inform me.”
Response from Duryodhana came “Father, I eat and hide my nakedness like everyone else, affluent or poor, yet I find life intolerable. What use does such a life serve?”
Then he went into great detail about how jealousy and anger were eating away at his life and robbing it of its flavour. He spoke of the abundance he had observed in the Pandava palace, which, in his opinion, was more bitter than losing everything.
He yelled out: “A kshatriya does not exhibit a sense of contentment with their station in life. Fear and sympathy diminish a king’s stature. Since I have seen the greater riches of Yudhishthira, my money and pleasures no longer satisfy me. The Pandavas have expanded, whilst we have contracted, O king.”
Says Dhritarashtra “You, my child, are the firstborn son of my royal bride and I and the rightful successor to the dignity and splendour of our illustrious race.
Don’t harbour any animosity toward the Pandavas. Hatred towards family members, even when they are innocent, will only lead to sorrow and death. Why do you despise the guileless Yudhishthira, please? Isn’t his success also ours? His pals are also ours. He doesn’t harbour the slightest resentment or jealousy for us. In terms of bravery and ancestry, you are comparable to him. Why are you supposed to feel envious of your brother? No. Your jealousy is inappropriate.”
The old monarch, who was too fond of his son yet occasionally did not hesitate to state what he believed to be right, spoke as such.
The father’s suggestion did not sit well with Duryodhana, and he responded in an impolite manner.
He answered: “The individual who lacks common sense yet is engrossed in study is comparable to a wooden ladle that is surrounded by savoury food but does not taste or profit from it. As your advise to me plainly demonstrates, you are quite knowledgeable about statecraft but are completely lacking in state wisdom. The way the world operates is one thing, but running a state is quite another. Brihaspati has stated that, although being the responsibilities of ordinary individuals, patience and contentment are not qualities in monarchs. The kshatriya’s duty is to pursue victory constantly.” As he spoke, Duryodhana used political adages, gave concrete instances, and made the worst case scenario seem like the best one.
When Sakuni interfered, he explained in great detail how he would invite Yudhishthira to a dice game, completely beat him, and strip him of all he owned without using force.
Finally, the evil Sakuni spoke these words: “It is sufficient if you only ask Kunti’s son to participate in the dice game. Let me handle the rest.”
If you would just agree to invite Yudhishthira, Sakuni will gain for me the wealth of the Pandavas without a battle, said Duryodhana.
Says Dhritarashtra “Your recommendation doesn’t seem appropriate. Ask Vidura about it, please. He’ll give us sound advice.”
But Vidura’s advice was not welcomed by Duryodhana. To his father, he said: “Vidura would simply provide us with the clichés of common morality, which will not assist us in achieving our goal. Kingly policy must be far stricter than the textbook goody maxims, and success is the true measure of it. In addition, Vidura prefers the Pandavas and does not like me.
You are as aware of this as I am.”
Says Dhritarashtra “Pandavas are powerful people. I do not believe it is wise to provoke them. The dice game will only breed animosity. The game will arouse desires that have no boundaries. We shouldn’t carry it out.”
However, Duryodhana was irritable: “Casting off all fear and defending oneself on one’s own is the mark of a wise statesman. Should we not try to force the matter now that we are stronger than they are? That demonstrates true forethought. A missed chance might never come around again, and we didn’t develop dice games to harm the Pandavas. Where is the harm if we can exploit this traditional hobby of the Kshatriyas to advance our cause without resorting to violence in the process?”
Answered Dhritarashtra: “My dear son, I’m becoming older. As you please, do. But I don’t like the direction you’re going in. You will regret it, I’m sure. This is destiny’s work.”
In the end, Dhritarashtra conceded after being outargued and giving up hope of convincing his son. He then gave the servants instructions to set up a hall for games. However, he could not resist talking to Vidura about it in private.
“O king, this will without a certain bring about the demise of our species by arousing insatiable hatred,” replied Vidura.
In response to his son’s desire, Dhritarashtra said: “If luck is on our side, I don’t dread losing this game. If, on the other hand, luck isn’t on our side, what can we do? Because fate has unlimited power. On my behalf, send an invitation to Yudhishthira to come play dice.” Vidura went to Yudhishthira with an invitation after receiving this order.
Despite knowing this was how fate was working out, the dim-witted Dhritarashtra overcame his wits and gave in to his son’s request because of his affection to him.
Keep Mahabharat Book at Home and Read Daily – DO NOT FALL TO FAKE PROPAGANDA and Allow Enemies to Weaken our Dharma and Bharat
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