THE POET’S OWN WORDS
A. M. SRINIVASACHARIAR
Raghavan M.A., Ph.D.
obtained the kingdom, the high-souled Pandavas, who had
their enemies, protected the world, with Dhritarashtra as their head.
after the fifteenth year had passed, the wise king (Dhritarashtra) felt a
disgust (for life in the palace); and waiting for the proper time to retire
into the forests, he then left the palace along with Gandhari.
राज्ञा सह कृतक्षणः ।
also was eager to go to the forests, along with the king (Dhritarashtra); so
also the chief minister and charioteer, Sanjaya
son of Gavalgana. And, holding Gandhari,
Kunti (also) went then.
ययौ व्यासाश्रमं प्रति।
his followers, the old king, Dhritarashtra, proceeded to Vyasa’s
hermitage. Receiving initiation there,
Dhritarashtra himself entered, and made his followers also enter, the life of
penance in the hermitage of (a royal sage named) Satayupa.
Dhritarashtra had gone to the forests, the Pandavas, distressed very much, did
not perform their royal duties, did not relish anything.
Pandavas then went to Dhritarashtra’s hermitage. With tears, those high-souled Pandavas
worshipped king Dhritarashtra, as also Gandhari and (their own) mother (Kunti),
in the prescribed manner.
तं यत्नादभ्यधावत ।
was seen at a distance; (Yudhishthira) ran up to him, with effort, said: “ I am
Yudhishthira,” and stood before him.
the strength of his Yoga, vidura entered the body of king Yudhishthira.
धर्मो विदुरतां गतः।
विदुरो यस्स पाण्डवः॥
a consequence of the curse of sage Mandavya, the celebrated God Dharma became
Vidura, that God Dharma, by virtue of whose union, Yudhishthira, the Kuru king
was born. Therefore Dharma is Vidura;
Vidura is Yudhishthira.
king Yudhishthira, with his wife, his soldiers and kinsmen, returned to the
city of Hastinapura.
[राजन्] आजगाम युधिष्ठिरम्॥
divine sage Narada came to Yudhishthira.
च पृथा तव।
स च राजा पिता तव।
of Kuru! After you had returned from your stay in the forest, there arose a
wind and there was a big forest-fire. The blessed Gandhari and your mother
Kunti were consumed by the forest-fire; and so also, your uncle, the king
(Dhritarashtra). The intelligent Sanjaya went away to the Himalaya mountain.”
much. After consoling King Yudhishthira,