entered Duryodhana's court. Duryodhana had invited elders like Bhishma, Drona, Parashurama
and Kripacharya. Of course, his trusted supporters, Shakuni, Kama and Dusshasana were
Krishna gave Duryodhana sane advice. He said, "Listen, Kauraveshwara. Now my words
may fall on your ears like molten lead. But later you will value them. Give back their
kingdom to the Pandavas. They are after all your cousins. For the sake of Truth they have
suffered in life. Make them your friends and live happily. A war means death and horrible
suffering to millions. It will ruin all."
Duryodhana drew his hand over his burly moustache again and again. He laughed
jarringly. Haughtily he said, "Krishna, you are after all a cowherd boy. The Pandavas
are homeless beggars. You are naturally friends. Listen, listen to every word I say. I
shall not give the Pandavas enough land to stick a pin in. We do not want an agreement.
Let them fight as they boast and take their kingdom."
Bhishma was the grandfather of the Pandavas and the Kauravas. He was a very old man. He
had tried hard to check their mutual hatred. He said, "Duryodhana, listen, listen to
Shri Krishna; give back their kingdom to the Pandavas. A war will do' no good to you or
Dhritarashtra, Gandhari and Parashurama all gave Duryodhana the same advice. But he was
deaf to their words.
So war became inevitable.