Yudhishtira wanted to meet
Vidura no matter what the difficulties. Just then somebody cried: "There goes Vidura!
He was coming to this place; when he saw so many people in the hermitage, he walked away
Yudhishtira turned and looked. He up at once and ran
Vidura walked fast and entered a thick forest. Yudhishtira
followed him. There were glimpses of Vidura now and then; sometimes he was seen in a
cluster of trees and then disappeared. Yudhishtira did not want to lose sight of Vidura.
So he followed him calling aloud: "Vidura! Vidura!l am Yudhishtira - Yudhishtira whom
you loved. I have come here to meet you." As he thus went some distance he saw Vidura
in an isolated place leaning against a tree. Yudhishtira went near and saw him. Vidura's
body was emaciated. The veins were showing. His hair was matted. There was a splinter of
wood in his mouth. He had no clothes on. His body was covered with dust.
Yudhishtira went closer and said: I am Yudhishtira."
Vidura who had taken a vow not to speak to anybody, glanced at Yudhishtira and signalled
to him to stop where he was. Then he began to look into Yudhishtira's eyes. As he stared
it appeared to Yudhishtira that the extraordinary power earned by Vidura was entering his
own body! He felt that new strength and radiance had entered his body.
Yudhishtira recovered from this trance and looked at
Vidura. Vidura's body stood motionless. But life was extinct.
Among the colorful characters in the 'Mahabharatha' Vidura
occupies a unique place. Vidura was a great man without a flaw. He was a perfectly pure
man. He was the very embodiment of righteous conduct. He never did what was not righteous.
He never hesitated to say, clearly and boldly, without fear or favor, what in his opinion
was right and what was wrong. This was his greatness.
It was right that the essence of the righteous life of
Vidura should, on his death, have been transmitted to Yudhishtira who was righteous like
him; it signifies that the ancient tradition of righteousness has been flowing