Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 1 eBook

Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa
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and six, it is found in all the Vedas, is the number of the Sadyaska sacrifice."[31] Vandin said, “Seven is the number of the domesticated animals; seven are the wild animals; seven metres are used in completing a sacrifice; seven are the Rishis, seven forms of paying homage are extant (in the world); and seven, it is known, are the strings of the Vina."[32] Ashtavakra said, “Eight are the bags containing a hundred fold; eight is the number of the legs of the Sarabha, which preyeth upon lions; eight Vasus, as we hear, are amongst the celestials; and eight are the angles of yupa (stake), in all sacrificial rites."[33] Vandin said, “Nine is the number of the mantras used in kindling the fire in sacrifices to the Pitris; nine are the appointed functions in the processes of creation; nine letters compose the foot of the metre, Vrihati; and nine also is ever the number of the figures (in calculation)."[34] Ashtavakra said, “Ten is said to be the number of cardinal points, entering into the cognition of men in this world; ten times hundred make up a thousand; ten is the number of months, during which women bear; and ten are the teachers of true knowledge, and ten, the haters thereof, and ten again are those capable of learning it."[35] Vandin said, “Eleven are the objects enjoyable by beings; eleven is the number of the yupas; eleven are the changes of the natural state pertaining to those having life; and eleven are the Rudras among the gods in heaven."[36] Ashtavakra said, “Twelve months compose the year; twelve letters go to the composition of a foot of the metre called Jagati; twelve are the minor sacrifices; and twelve, according to the learned, is the number of the Adityas."[37] Vandin said, “The thirteenth lunar day is considered the most auspicious; thirteen islands exist on earth."’[38]

[26] Ashtavakra comes to Janaka’s sacrifice with the object of proving the unity of the Supreme Being.  Vandin avails himself of various system of Philosophy to combat his opponent.  He begins with the Buddhistic system.  The form of the dialogue is unique in literature being that of enigmas and the latent meaning is in a queer way hid under the appearance of puerile and heterogeneous combinations of things.

    Vandin opens the controversy by saying that as the number of
    each of these is one, so one only intellect is the lord, leader
    and guide of the senses.

[27] There is a Vedic revelation that two birds live together on a tree as friends—­one of these eats the fruits and the other looks at the former.  From this it is manifest that two are the lords, leaders, and guides of the senses.  That there is a second faculty besides the intellect is also proved by the fact that in sleep when the intellect is inactive that faculty continues in action, for if it were not so we could not remember having slept, nor connect the state after awaking with that preceding sleep.  Accordingly by
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