I shall give up this desire to be an emperor, and. really, the title has no temptations
for me. It is my brothers who wish it. When you yourself are afraid of Jarasandha what can
we hope to do?"
Bhima did not at all like this spirit of
Bhima said: "Ambition is the noblest
virtue of a king. What is the good of being strong if one does not know his own strength?
I cannot reconcile myself to live a life of idle ease and contentment He who casts off
indolence and properly employs political means, can conquer even those stronger than
Strength reinforced by stratagem will surely do
much. What, indeed, cannot be accomplished by a combination of my physical strength,
Krishna's wisdom and Arjuna's dexterity? We can conquer Jarasandha's might, if we three
join and set about it without doubts or fears."
Krishna interposed: "Jarasandha should
certainly be slain and fully deserves it. He has unjustly cast eighty-six princes in
prison. He has planned to immolate a hundred kings and is waiting to lay hold of fourteen
more. If Bhima and Arjuna agree, I shall accompany them and together we will slay that
king by stratagem and set free the imprisoned princes. I like this suggestion."
Yudhishthira was not pleased with this advice.
He said: "This may really mean sacrificing Bhima and Arjuna who are to me as my two
eyes, merely to gratify a vain desire to be an emperor. I do not like to send them on this
dangerous errand it seems to me far better to give up the idea altogether."