WHEN Dhritarashtra heard Sanjaya relate the success of Arjuna, he
exclaimed: "Oh Sanjaya! When Janardana came to Hastinapura seeking a settlement, I
told Duryodhana that it was a great opportunity and he must not lose it. I told him to
make peace with his cousins. 'Kesava has come to do us a good turn. Do not disregard his
advice,' I said.
But Duryodhana heeded not. What Karna and Duhsasana said seemed to him
better advice than mine. The Destroyer entered his mind and he sought his own ruin. Drona
deprecated war, so also did Bhishma, Bhurisravas, Kripa and others. But my obstinate son
would not listen. Impelled by inordinate ambition, he got' entangled in anger and hatred,
and invited this ruinous war."
To Dhritarashtra thus lamenting, Sanjaya said: "Of what avail are
your regrets now? The life-giving water has all run to waste and you now seek to stop the
breach. Why did you not prevent the son of Kunti from gambling? Had you done the right
thing then, all this great grief would have been stopped at the source.