also saw Vidura there and conveyed Dhritarashtra's message adding ' that the blind king
would die broken -hearted if he did not return.
The soft-hearted Vidura, who was dharma
incarnate, was greatly moved and returned to Hastinapura.
Dhritarashtra embraced Vidura and the
difference between them was washed away in tears of mutual affection.
One day, the sage Maitreya came to the court of
Dhritarashtra and was welcomed with great respect.
Dhritarashtra craved his blessing and asked
him: "Revered sir, you havecertainly met my beloved children, the Pandavas, in
Kurujangala. Are they well? Will mutual affection abide in our family without any
Maitreya said: "I accidentally met
Yudhish- thira in the Kamyaka forest. The sages of the place had come to see him. I learnt
of the events that took place in Hastinapura, and I marvelled that such things should have
been permitted while Bhishma and yourself were alive."