YUDHISHTHIRA was plunged in sorrow. "He has gone to the sleep that
knows no waking, he who in battle overcame Drona, Aswatthama and Duryodhana and who was
like a destroying fire to enemy forces.
O warrior that made Duhsasana flee in fear, are you dead? What then is
there for me to fight for or win? Why do we want kingdom now? What words of comfort can I
offer to Arjuna? And what shall I say to Subhadra, quivering like a cow bereaved of her
calf? How can I utter to them vain words of solace that serve no purpose?
Truly, ambition destroys the understanding of men. Like the fool who,
looking for honey, falls into a precipitous pit below and is destroyed, in my desire for
victory I pushed to the battle-front this boy, whose life was all before him in love and
There is no fool like me in the world. I have killed Arjuna's beloved
son, instead of protecting him during the absence of his father."