Next morning when Sri Krishna was
nearing Hastinapura, Bhishma, Drona and others met him outside the city and welcomed him.
After he entered the city Krishna went straight to Dhritharashtra's palace saluted
Dhritharashtra and enquired about his health. He treated Krishna with courtesy. Krishna
next went to Vidura's home. There he was entertained as a welcome guest, with devotion,
loves and regard. After dinner and rest he met Kunthi and informed her in detail about the
welfare of the Pandavas. He told her, that their sufferings had ended and that soon they
would be victorious-and live happily; in this way he comforted Kunthi.
After supper Vidura gave Krishna his views on the
situation: "Duryodhana is a fool who does not distinguish between what is righteous
and what is wicked. He is short-tempered and arrogant. And he thinks that he alone is
wise. He does not respect elders. I do not like the idea of your going to the king's
court, where there is such a man."
Krishna heard this and said: "Vidura, what you say is
true. I know all this. But I have come here for negotiations. If possible I want to save
the huge armies from destruction. This is morally right. Whether I succeed or fail I shall
have the satisfaction of having done my duty. Even if all the followers of Duryodhana
together attack me, they can do me no harm. Do not be worried about me."
Next morning Krishna went to Dhritharashtra's court. Vidura
accompanied him. He sat next to Krishna.
The advice given by Krishna to Dhritharashtra and
Duryodhana did not bear fruit. Duryodhana and his associates thought of taking into
custody Krishna himself.
When Dhritharashtra learnt about this wicked ruse he again
sent word to Duryodhana through Vidura. "This is a foolish venture; give it up,"
said he. Vidura also supported Dhritharashtra's advice; he described Krishna's strength
and narrated his feats. He warned Duryodhana: "Do not cross Krishna's path." But
Duryodhana disregarded everybody's advice. He tried to capture Krishna but met with