MANY brahmanas visited the Pandavas during their exile, and one such,
returning to Hastinapura, went to see Dhritarashtra, who received him with due honour.
The brahmana told him how the Pandavas, born princes, were, by unkind
destiny, at the mercy of the wind and the sun and suffered great privations.
Dhritarashtra was probably sorry to hear this, but what troubled him
most were the consequences to his own sons. Could Yudhishthira continue to hold the justly
wrathful Bhima in check?
Dhritarashtra feared that the anger of the Pandavas, long pent up,
might one-day break its bounds and overflow in a devastating flood.
The king anxiously pondered thus: "Arjuna and Bhima will certainly
try to punish us. Sakuni, Kama, Duryodhana and the short- sighted Duhsasana are perched
precariously up a tree in search of a honeycomb while below is the abyss of Bhima's anger
yawning to receive them to their destruction."