Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Ch 275 - Dyuta Parva

275 chapter (overall). Ch 50 of Sabha Parva
Reading of Chapter 275 (overall), chapter 50 (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)

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This chapter basically lays out the Duryodhana's philosophy. And quite clearly. Duryodhana himself articulates his phillosophywhen questioned, again, by his father, the blind king Dhritarashtra, as to why he wants to have the game of dice played. But before answering, the son berates the father, much like a petulant teenager.
You know. But you confuse me, like a boat tied to another boat. Are you not attentive to your own interests? Do you have hostile feelings towards me?
Duryodhana believes that "As long as one follows one's creed, dharma and lack of dharma are irrelevant."

And, taking cue from the example of Indra, he states,
"... because he knew that enmity towards a foe is eternal. Like a snake swallows rats, the earth swallows up two - the king who does not strive and the brahamana who does not live at home. O lord of the earth! No one is by nature another man's enemy. The enemy is that one whose pursuits are the same as one's own, and not anyone else.
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.
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