Maitreya saw Duryodhana who was also in the court' and advised him, for his own good, not
to injure but to make peace with the Pandavas who were not only mighty themselves but
related to Krishna and Drupada.
The obstinate and foolish Duryodhana merely
laughed, slapping his thighs in derision and, tearing the ground with his' feet and
without deigning an answer, turned away.
Maitreya grew angry and looking at Duryodhana
said: "Are you so arrogant and do you slap your thighs in derision of one who wishes
you well? Your thighs will be broken by a Bhima's mace and you will die on the
battlefield." At this Dhritarashtra jumped up, fell at the feet of the sage and
Maitreya said: "My curse will not work if
your son makes peace with the Pandavas. Otherwise it will have effect," and strode
indignantly out of the assembly.