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VIDURA

'Bear Your Grief'

There was a terrible war for eighteen days between the Kauravas and the Pandavas at Kurukshetra. The Pandavas had an army of seven 'Akshouhinis' and the Kauravas an army of eleven akshouhinis. (One akshouhini, comprises 21,870 elephants, 21,870 chariots, 65,610 horses and 1,09,350 foot-soldiers.) Both the armies were practically destroyed. Duryodhana and his brothers and his powerful friends like Karna died in the battle. On the side of the Pandavas also a large number of mighty warriors died.

Yudhishtira had wished to avert the destruction of people; Vidura and Krishna also had tried hard to avert it. But it did take place. Dhritharashtra and Gandhari were both old people. Dhritharashtra was blind. Their hundred children and relatives were dead. Their grief was beyond description. They were in utter anguish. It was extremely difficult to console them.

Vidura attempted to comfort Dhritharashtra and said: "Desire is the source of grief. Philosophy is the cure. Have control over your mind and banish sorrow. Be friendly to others. It will beget good." But no words could comfort Gandhari and Dhritharashtra. They had lost their children and grandchildren and the grief pierced their mind. Yudhishtira did all he could to assuage their pain and bring them peace of mind. After he became the king of the country he appointed Vidura as his minister. The task of looking after Dhritharashtra and Gandhari, and carrying out their wishes was entrusted to him. Vidura did this work with great devotion. Dhritharashtra and Gandhari now had a little mental peace. Dhritharashtra realized that if he had acted according to Vidura's advice from the beginning he or Gandhari would not have had to suffer such grief. He also said so.

Vidura - One of the great Characters of the 'Mahabharata'
About Vidura
Introduction
The Meaning
A Man Who Knows Righteous Conduct
'Mangala Mandira'
The Pandavas Prosper
'Listen To Me'
Disaster Did Strike
A Crime To Speak Justly
'Follow The Path'
What Next?
Vidura's Precepts
'Be Wise At Least Hereafter'
Krishna's Negotiations
You are Here! 'Bear Your Grief'
To The Forest
Tradition Of Righteous Conduct
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