Saturday, August 25, 2012

Ch 282 - Dyuta Parva


282 chapter (overall). Ch 57 of Sabha Parva
Reading of Chapter 282 (overall), chapter 57 (within the Sabha Parva)
(Dyuta Parva: 27th Parva as per the 100-Parva classification; Sabha Parva: 2nd parva as per the 18-Parva classification)
(read from Mahabharata Volume 2 (The complete, unabridged Mahabharata)translated by Bibek Debroy)


Direct YouTube link to Ch 282: http://www.youtube.com/embed/7xj4mgZ7bfg

Duryodhana responds to Vidura's censure, and accuses him of being partial towards the Pandavas - "We embraced you like a serpent", ticking him off - "Do not concern yourself with the affairs of others",  and finally telling him to buzz off, so to say - "... go where you wish. However well treated, an unchaste wife will always leave."

Vidura responds that he is not there to utter sweet nothings - "If you only wish to hear words that please you in all deeds, regardless of good or bad, ask the women, the dull and the crippled." That is not a very chivalrous statement to make in my opinion, but the import of Vidura's retort is that he is not there to be a sycophant. Vidura would have been a misfit in today's society.

I have read this chapter from Vol.2 of Bibek Debroy's translation of the unabridged Mahabharata. You can find my review of the volume here.
Mahabharata Volume 2 (The complete, unabridged Mahabharata) (Amazon.comKindleFlipkart)

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