Duryodhana's adharma inguise of dharma
Srimad Bhagavatam 10.75.31-33 - Duryodhana's adharma inguise of dharma (download mp3)
by Krishna Chaitanya Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
viksya duryodhanah sriyam
One day Duryodhana, while observing the riches of King Yudhisthira’s palace, felt greatly disturbed by the magnificence of both the Rajasuya sacrifice and its performer, the King, whose life and soul was Lord Acyuta.
nana vibhanti kila visva-srjopaklptah
tabhih patin drupada-raja-sutopatasthe
yasyam visakta-hrdayah kuru-rad atapyat
In that palace all the collected opulences of the kings of men, demons and gods were brilliantly manifest, having been brought there by the cosmic inventor, Maya Danava. With those riches Draupadi served her husbands, and Duryodhana, the prince of the Kurus, lamented because he was very much attracted to her.
yasmin tada madhu-pater mahisi-sahasram
sroni-bharena sanakaih kvanad-anghri-sobham
madhye su-caru kuca-kunkuma-sona-haram
Lord Madhupati’s thousands of queens were also staying in the palace. Their feet moved slowly, weighed down by their hips, and the bells on their feet tinkled charmingly. Their waists were very slender, the kunkuma from their breasts reddened their pearl necklaces, and their swaying earrings and flowing locks of hair enhanced the exquisite beauty of their faces.
Srila Prabhupada writes: “After looking at such beauties in the palace of King Yudhisthira, Duryodhana became envious. He became especially envious and lustful upon seeing the beauty of Draupadi because he had cherished a special attraction for her from the very beginning of her marriage with the Pandavas. In the marriage selection assembly of Draupadi, Duryodhana had also been present, and with other princes he had been very much captivated by the beauty of Draupadi, but he had failed to achieve her.”