Akrura's Mission in Hastinapur

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.49.16-17 - Akrura's Mission in Hastinapur (download mp3)
by Mahananda Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.49.16
yasyan rajanam abhyetya
 visamam putra-lalasam
avadat suhrdam madhye
 bandhubhih sauhrdoditam

The ardent affection King Dhrtarastra felt for his sons had made him act unjustly toward the Pandavas. Just before leaving, Akrura approached the King, who was seated among his friends and supporters, and related to him the message that his relatives — Lord Krsna and Lord Balarama — had sent out of friendship.

SB 10.49.17
akrura uvaca
bho bho vaicitravirya tvam
 kurunam kirti-vardhana
bhratary uparate pandav
 adhunasanam asthitah

Akrura said: O my dear son of Vicitravirya, O enhancer of the Kurus’ glory, your brother Pandu having passed away, you have now assumed the royal throne.

Akrura was speaking ironically, since the young sons of Pandu should actually have been occupying the throne. Upon the death of Pandu, they were too young to immediately govern and so were put in Dhrtarastra’s care, but now sufficient time had passed, and their legitimate rights should have been recognized.