THE Pandavas performed the til-and-water ceremonies for the peace of the
souls of the dead warriors and camped on the bank of the Ganga for a month.
One day,Narada appeared beforeYudhish- thira. "Son, through
Krishna's grace, the valour of Arjuna and the power of your dharma, you were victorious
and you are sovereign Lord of the Land. Are you happy?" he asked.
Yudhishthira replied: "Bhagavan, it is true the kingdom has come
into my posses- sion. But my kinsmen are all gone. We have lost sons that were dear. This
victory appears to me but a great defeat.
O Narada, we took our own brother for an enemy and killed him, even
Karna who stood rooted like a rock in his honour and at whose valour the world wondered.
This terrible act of slaying our ownbrothers was the result of our
sinful attachment to our possessions. He, on the other hand, kept the promise he gave to
our mother and abstained from killing us.