Under The Sun

Friday, May 30, 2003

I have added a new poem, Bhishma's Reply, to my poetry page.

In the first part of the Mahabharata, as the prince Yudhisthira sits down to play against his half-brother the rigged game of dice that will be the first step on the inexorable road to civil war, the god Krishna comes to the noble warrior-sage Bhishma--whose own vow of chastity, taken in an attempt to preserve the line of succession, has led to its splitting--with a request: though Bhishma could stop the game with a word, he should let it be played. He must do this, Krishna says, because it is dharma, the way of the world.

In the Mahabharata, Bhishma stays silent.

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