As Vidhura expresses his concern for Krishna's safety and his regret that Krishna's attempts for peace would be futile, Krishna explains the reasons for his attempt.
'Vidhura, you have spoken the way a parent would speak and it is the truth. I will tell you the reason for my visit. I know that Duryodhana is wicked and I have come here, fully aware of the hostility of the kings who are with him. But if I am able to release the vast army that has assembled from the grips of death, it would be a worthy effort and an act of duty! A virtuous conduct, even if it does not succeed, has its own benefit. The same way, an evil thought is itself a sin! I will try to bring peace between kauravas and pandavas, if not, they will become casualties of a war. While a friend is in serious difficulties, if you do not make sincere efforts to bring him out of his calamitous circumstances, you will be considered cruel. If you can stop him from doing wrong by pulling him out of it, even by his ಜುಟ್ಟು, (tuft), it is worth it.'
'I am attempting for peace with all my sincerity. If Duryodhana rejects it out of suspicion. I would have tried my best and would be free from my obligations. People would not accuse me of not trying to stop the war even if I were capable of doing it. I have come here to benefit them both. If Duryodhana fails to accept my counsel due to his ignorance, events will go according to his destiny. If they agree for peace, my conduct will be seen as pure. '
'Lastly, even if all the kings gang up together against me they cannot do anything. They would face my anger like the other animals in the forest would face the lion.'