WHEN Duryodhana beheld Karna's death, his grief knew no bounds.
Kripacharya was deeply moved by Duryodhana's anguish of heart and said' "Moved by
ambition and greed we placed too great a burden on friends.
They have uncomplainingly borne it and laid down their lives on
the battlefield and attained the happy regions above. There is but one course left to
you-to make peace with the Pandavas. Do not, O King, any longer continue this ruinous
Even at that moment of deep despair, Duryodhana did not relish this counsel.
"Perhaps, there was a time for that, but it is long past. What talk can there be of
peace between the Pandavas and us with all this inexpiable blood between us-the blood of
our dearest and theirs?
If I surrender in order to escape death,how can I escape the contempt of the world?
What happiness can I hope to have in a life so ignobly saved? And what joy can I hope to
find in sovereignty, secured by a peace after my brothers and relatives have all been