their talk, Krishna drew their attention to the affairs of the Pandavas.And those powerful kings together listened to Krishna's speech, pregnantand lofty. And Krishna said, It is known to you all, how thisYudhishthira was deceitfully defeated at dice by the son of Suvala, andhow he was robbed of his kingdom and how a stipulation was made by himconcerning his exile in the forest. And capable as they were of conquering the earth by force, the sons of Pandu remained firm in their plighted faith. And accordingly for six and seven years theseincomparable men accomplished the cruel task imposed upon them. And thislast, the thirteenth year, was exceedingly hard for them to pass. Yetunrecognised by any one they have passed it, as known to you, sufferingunendurable hardships of various kinds. This is known to you all. Theseillustrious men have spent the thirteenth year, employed in menialservice of others. This being so, it is for you to consider what will befor the good of both Yudhishthira and Duryodhana, and what, as regardsthe Kurus and the Pandavas, will be consistent with the rules of righteousness and, propriety and what will meet with the approbation of all. The virtuous king Yudhishthira would not unrighteously covet eventhe celestial kingdom. But righteously he would accept the rule even of asingle village. How the sons of Dhritarashtra fraudulently robbed him of his paternal kingdom, and how he hath passed a life of unendurablehardships, are known to all the kings assembled here. The sons of Dhritarashtra are incapable of overcoming by strength Arjuna, the son of Pritha. Nevertheless, king Yudhishthira and his friends have no other desire than the good of Dhritarashtra's son. These brave sons of Kunti,and the two sons of Madri, ask for only what they themselves, achievingvictory in battle, had won from the defeated kings. You, no doubt, knowfull well how those enemies of the Pandavas--with the object of possessing themselves of the kingdom, endeavoured by various means todestroy them, when they were yet mere boys. So wicked and rancorous theywere. Consider, how grasping they are and how virtuous Yudhishthira is.Consider also the relationship that exists between them. I beseech youall to consult together and also think separately. The Pandavas havealways had a regard for truth. They have fulfilled their promise to thevery letter. If now treated wrongfully by the sons of Dhritarashtra, theywould slay them all though banded together. They have friends, who, on being informed of their unworthy treatment at the hands of others, wouldstand by them, engaged in fight with their persecutors, and willinglyslay them even if they should lose their own lives for it. If you supposethem to be too few to be capable of winning a victory over their enemies,you must know that united together and followed by their friends, theywould, no doubt, try their utmost to destroy those enemies. WhatDuryodhana thinks is not exactly known, nor what he may do. When the mindof the other side is not known, what opinion can be formed by you as towhat is best to be done? Therefore, let a person, virtuous and honest andof respectable birth, and wary,--an able ambassador, set out to beseechthem mildly for inducing them to give half the kingdom to Yudhishthira.Having listened to the speech of Krishna, marked by prudence and a regardfor virtue and showing a pacific and impartial spirit, his elder brother then addressed the assembly bestowing high encomiums on the words of theyounger brother.'"