AFTER he had despatched Sanjaya to the Pandavas, Dhritarashtra, filled
with anxiety, could not get a wink of sleep that night. He sent for Vidura and spent the
whole night talking to him.
"To give the Pandavas their share of the kingdom is the safest
plan," said Vidura. "Only this can bring good to both sides. Treat the Pandavas
and your own sons with equal affection. In this case, the right course is also the wise
Vidura counselled Dhritarashtra in this manner at great length.
The next morning Sanjaya returned to Hastinapura. And gave a full
account of what had taken place in Yudhishthira's court.
"Chiefly, Duryodhana should know what Arjuna said: 'Krishna and I
are going to destroy Duryodhana and his followers, root and branch. Make no mistake about
it. The Gandiva is impatient for war.
My bowstring is throbbing even without my stretching it and from my
quiver, arrows keep peeping out impatiently, demanding when? When? Sanjaya, evil stars
make the foolish Duryodhana seek war with Krishna and myself. Not even Indra and the gods
can defeat us.' Thus spoke Dhananjaya," said Sanjaya.