learned man wins victory over the ignorant. The better man wins in every case. It is just
a test of strength or skill, that is all, and there is nothing wrong in it.
As for the result, in every field of activity,
the expert defeats the tyro, and that is what happens in a game of dice also. But if you
are afraid, you need not play, but do not come out with this worn excuse of right and
Yudhishthira replied: "Well, who is to
play with me?"
Duryodhana said: "Mine is
theresponsibility for finding the stakes in the form of wealth and gems to play the game.
My uncle Sakuni will actually cast the dice in my stead."
Yudhishthira had thought himself secure of
defeating Duryodhana in play but Sakuni was a different matter, for Sakuni was a
recognised expert. So he hesitated and said: "It is not, I think, customary for one
man to play on behalf of another."
Sakuni retorted tauntingly: "I see that
you are forging another excuse."