But nobody listened to
Vidura. The game of dice was continued. Yudhishtira lost everything - lost his brothers
also. Vidura could not contain his grief and sat down, watching in anguish. Yudhishtira
lost again; he lost Draupadi whom he had staked.
In the flush of triumph Duryodhana lost his head. He called
Vidura who was like his father and said, "Go and bring Draupadi, the beloved wife of
the Pandavas. Let her stay with our servants and sweep the house. Let us have that
When he heard these words, Vidura was not angry with
Duryodhana. He felt sorry for his foolishness. He told him: "What a fool you are! You
can't see the noose around your neck. You are unable to understand that you are trembling
on the edge of a precipice! Will the deer, which enrages a tiger, live? These are the last
days of the Kauravas. Therefore, you do not listen to words of wisdom; your greed is
growing." Vidura so warned him against the impending disaster. But no one listened to
him. Vidura did not bring Draupadi to the court. Duryodhana sent another
messenger and had her dragged to the assembly. He and his
brother Dusshasana disgraced her. Finally, Dhritharashtra had their treasures returned to
the Pandavas. He pacified them and Draupadi, and sent them back with honor.
The Pandavas had hardly left that place, when Duryodhana
went to Dhritharashtra. He begged him: "Let us have another contest. The loser must
live in exile in the forest. Get back the Pandavas." Dhritharashtra agreed to the
proposal. Then Vidura, Bhishma, Drona and others vehemently opposed it. Still, he did not
change his decision. The Pandavas returned. Once again there was a match. The condition
was that the loser should live in the forest for twelve years and thereafter live for one
year without being recognized by any one. Yudhishtira lost again. The Pandavas got ready
to live in the forest. The Kauravas spoke to the fallen Pandavas and Draupadi insultingly.
The Pandavas were furious. They swore that they would kill the Kauravas in a war.
The very calamity which Vidura had tried hard to prevent
occurred. This was because Duryodhana and his father Dhritharashtra would not listen to
The Pandavas and Draupadi were going to the forest; what
was to happen to the aged Kunthi? Could she accompany them to the forest and put up with
all the hardships? Vidura thought over the matter. Where should Kunthi live? If she lived
in Dhritharashtra's palace she would naturallybe unhappy. It would be easier to look after
her well if she stayed with him, thought Vidura, and took her to his house.