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Yudhishthira's Ashwamedham 03

(3)Vaanaprastha

Krishna's words struck like lightning
Dhritarashtra devoutly turned ascetic
Spending more and more time on prayers
And penance, and food frugal by the day.

Slowly, he discerned that his love
For his son and his failure to renounce greed
and guide Duryodhana on the right path
Were the root causes of the malady.

Once he understood this well
He found the ultimate peace of mind;
His animosity towards the Pandavas
Gave way to unqualified love.

His wife followed suit too. And so did
Pritha, the mother of the Pandavas.
Yudhishthira invited rishis and ascetics
To guide to them on spiritual matters.

Over time, all of them were so detached
From the worldly pleasures that it was no news
when they announced their decision
To proceed to the forests on Vaanaprastha.

The entire palace was ready for it.

UNNIKRISHNAN E S
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