AS SOON AS Drona assumed command of the Kaurava forces Duryodhana, Karna
and Duhsasana sat in council and decided on a plan, and Duryodhana went to Drona charya to
put it in operation.
"Acharya, we desire that you should capture Yudhishthira alive and give him over
to us. We desire nothing more, not even a total victory. If you achieve this for us, we
shall all be exceedingly satisfied with your conduct of the war."
When Drona heard Duryodhana address him thus, great was his joy, for he
hatedthe very idea of slaying the Pandava brothers. Even though, to fulfil his obligation,
the acharya loyally joined the Kaurava side against the Pandavas, he loved the sons of
Kunti and especially the pure-minded Yudhishthira.
So, when he heard Duryodhana request that Yudhishthira should be
captured alive, he felt greatly relieved.
"Duryodhana, may you be blessed!" the acharya said. "Do
you too wish to abstain from killing Yudhishthira? How it gladdens my heart!