BALARANIA, the illustrious brother of Krishna, visited the Pandavas, in
their encampment. As Halayudha *, clad in blue silk, entered majestically like a lion,
Yudhishthira, Krishna and others gave the broad-shouldered warrior a glad welcome. Bowing
to Drupada and Virata, the visitor seated himself beside Dharmaputra.
"I have come to Kurukshetra," said he, "learning that
the descendants of Bharata have let themselves be overwhelmed by greed, anger and hatred
and that the peace talks have broken down and that war has been declared."
Overcome by emotion, he paused for a while and then continued:
"Dharmaputra, dreadful destruction is ahead. The earth is going to is a bloody morass
strewn with mangled bodies! It is an evil destiny that has maddened the Kshatriya world to
foregather here to meet its doom.
Often have I told Krishna, 'Duryodhana is the same to using the
Pandavas; we may not take sides in their foolish quarrels.' He would not listen to me. His
great affection for Dhananjaya has misled Krishna and he is with you in this war which I
see he has approved.