The Bhagavad Gita begins with Dhritharasthra asking Sanjaya the updates of the preparation of the war between the Pandavas and Kauravas.
The beginning of the Bhagavad gita reveals the heart of Dhritharasthra.
He did not want his children to compromise with the Pandavas Internally, externally he always showed the signs of weakness due to their unwillingness to listen to good counsel. He would play this card to all, including Sri Krishna, he would say, “what can I do they are not listening to me, I am blind hence weak and cant mend their behaviour, please understand my predicament.” But internally he was hand in gloves with his wicked sons in conspiring against the pandavas.
When the news of the burning of the house of lac reached Dhritharasthra, he feigned lamentation for the death of his brother’s sons , but in reality he was very much a part of the consiparacy to eliminate the Pandavas, rather he supported the activity of his sons.
This comibination is very deadly. This syndrome of Dhritharasthra is still prevelant. When a religious body plays this card, it is dangerous.
In the evangelical movements, the stmpathy card is played very strongly. They provoke and make others attack them and then act as victims to gain sympathy. They do this so that their conversion mission continues.
Dharma on the other hand gives us deep and honest perceptions. It challenges us to go down and dig out intentions and our agendas. It questions what do we do with our weakness? Do we make it a deadly weapon to be selfish and unreasonably ambitious?
Since this combination is deadly, the reaction for such behaviour is also severe. Dhritharasthra paid the price for this. He saw his sons getting slaughtered by Bhima. Dhritharasthra lost both his resouces and all his sons.
We have to analyze, understand and then execute with great wisdom and foresight.