Question: Bhīṣmadeva was a great devotee of Kṛṣṇa and a mahājana, so why was he silent during Draupadī’s vastra hārāñā took place, and took the side of the irreligious Duryodhana in the religious war?

Jayapatākā Swami: There is one saying in Bengali, jaar noon khāo, taar guṇa gāo. Whoever’s salt you accept you praise them. Because he was eating the food of Duryodhana he was being maintained by Duryodhana, that is why he felt he had to fight on the other side, but...