"O Krishna, it would seem that
virtue and wickedness bear contrary fruit in this life, for see, the wicked Duryodhana is
ruling his kingdom clad in silk and gold, while the virtuous Yudhishthira lives in the
forest wearing the bark of trees.
Seeing such unmerited prosperity and undeserved privation, men have
lost their faith in God. The praise of virtue in the sastras seems mere mummery when we
see the actual results of good and evil in this world.
How will Dhritarashtra justify his conduct and defend himself when he
is face to face with the god of death? Even the mountains and the earth weep at the sight
of the blameless Pandavas dwelling in the forests with the blessed Draupadi, born from the