THE sight of Vidura, Yudhishthira anxiously inquired: "Why are you so cheer- less? Is
it well with all our relations in Hastinapura? Are the king and the princes well?"
Vidura acquainted him with his mission:
"Everyone in Hastinapura is well. How fares it with you all? I have come to invite
you on behalf of King Dhritarashtra to come and see the newly erected hall of games.
A beautiful hall has been erected there even
like yours. The king would like you to come with your brothers, see everything, have a
game of dice and return to your capital."
Yudhishthira seemed to ask counsel of Vidura:
"Wagering games create quarrels among kshatriyas. A wise man will avoid them if he
can. We are ever abiding by your advice. What would you have us do?"
Vidura replied: "Everyone is aware that
the playing of dice is the root of many evils. I did my best to oppose this idea. Still
the king has commanded me to invite you and I have come. You may do as you