Chapter 39 Duryodhana Want to Witness Pandavas Apathy Then Sakuni Consoles Him
During the Pandavas’ exile, several brahmanas paid them visits. And one of them went to meet Dhritarashtra after returning to Hastinapura, where he was treated with respect.
The brahmana described to him how the Pandavas, who were born princes, were subject to the whims of the wind and the sun and endured severe afflictions.
The news undoubtedly made Dhritarashtra sad. The effects on his own boys, though, were what worried him the most. Could Yudhishthira keep the rightfully enraged Bhima in check?
Dhritarashtra was concerned that the Pandavas’ long-repressed rage may one day burst its confines and cause a catastrophic deluge.
The concerned monarch thought the following: “We can be sure that Arjuna and Bhima would try to punish us. As they climb perilously in a tree in pursuit of a honeycomb, Sakuni, Karna, Duryodhana, and the dim-witted Duhsasana are looking down into the gaping chasm of Bhima’s wrath, which is waiting to swallow them up and destroy them.”
The blind monarch continued to think: “But why did we fall victim to covetousness, alas? It’s not like we were forced to do it by destitution! Why did we choose this unfair course of action? Instead of being satisfied with our limitless prosperity, we gave in to our need for power and ownership and yearned after things that weren’t actually ours. Wrong will eventually bear its bitter fruit. Arjuna has brought celestial weapons back from heaven. Only the desire for retribution may entice someone from heaven to return to earth. And we deserve it.”
He would be tormented by these thoughts and unable to relax.
Dhritarashtra was concerned despite the fact that Sakuni, Karna, and Duryodhana were exultantly joyful and enjoyed congratulating one another on their success.
Duryodhana heard what Karna and Sakuni stated “We now control the kingdom that belonged to Yudhishthira. We are no longer required to be envious.”
Response from Duryodhana “All of that is true, Karna, but wouldn’t it be the pleasure of joys to witness the Pandavas’ suffering firsthand and heighten their anguish by demonstrating our happiness? The best way to maximise our delight is to visit the forest and witness the Pandavas’ suffering, but my father would not grant me permission to do so.” Duryodhana wept at his father’s harsh treatment in depriving him of this pleasure.
He repeated: “The king is afraid of the Pandavas because he believes they possess the power of austerity. He prevents us from meeting them in the forest out of concern for our safety. But I’ll tell you, all we’ve done thus far has been wasted work; we haven’t even seen Draupadi, Bhima, or Arjuna’s agony in the forest. Without that immense delight, this life of lazy comfort is torture to me. You and Sakuni must figure out a strategy to win the king’s approval so that we can visit the Pandavas in their suffering in the forest.”
Karna went to Duryodhana early the following morning and cheerfully declared that he had discovered a solution to the problem.He stated: “What do you think about visiting our ranches in Dwaitavana to count the cows annually? There is no way the king could oppose to that.”
This was a brilliant proposal, and Sakuni and Duryodhana despatched the cowherds’ chief to ask the king’s approval.
However, the king would not agree. He stated: “The princes do benefit from hunting. It might be a good idea to count the cows as well. However, I find out that the Pandavas live in that jungle. It is not suggested that you visit there. While there is still cause for resentment and conflict, I cannot consent to sending you to a location close to Bhima and Arjuna’s home.”
Says Duryodhana “We won’t approach them. Instead, we will be extremely cautious and steer clear of them.” The monarch said, “Despite your best efforts, there remains risk in even close proximity. Additionally, interfering with the Pandavas’ suffering while they live in the jungle is wrong. Any of your soldiers could trespass and cause problems if they offend someone. You can send someone else to count the animals in your place.”
Says Sakuni “O king, Yudhishthira is aware of and takes the dharmic path. The Pandavas will do what he requests because he made his vow in front of everyone. The sons of Kunti won’t be hostile to us in any way. Don’t fight against Duryodhana, who enjoys hunting. Let him count the cows and then come back. I’ll go with him and make sure that none of us approaches the Pandavas.”
As per usual, the monarch answered, “Well, please yourself.”
Hatred cannot bring satisfaction to the heart. Hatred is a terrible fire that extorts the fuel it needs to survive and flourish.
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