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

Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa
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that might is not always meritorious and forgiveness also is not always meritorious!  He that forgiveth always suffereth many evils.  Servants and strangers and enemies always disregard him.  No creature ever bendeth down unto him.  Therefore it is, O child, that the learned applaud not a constant habit of forgiveness!  The servants of an ever-forgiving person always disregard him, and contract numerous faults.  These mean-minded men also seek to deprive him of his wealth.  Vile-souled servants also appropriate to themselves his vehicles and clothes and ornaments and apparel and beds and seats and food and drink and other articles of use.  They do not also at the command of their master, give unto others the things they are directed to give.  Nor do they even worship their master with that respect which is their master’s due.  Disregard in this world is worse than death.  O child, sons and servants and attendants and even strangers speak harsh words unto the man who always forgiveth.  Persons, disregarding the man of an ever-forgiving temper, even desire his wife, and his wife also, becometh ready to act as she willeth.  And servants also that are ever fond of pleasure, if they do not receive even slight punishments from their master, contract all sorts of vices, and the wicked ever injure such a master.  These and many other demerits attach to those that are ever-forgiving!

“’"Listen now, O son of Virochana, to the demerits of those that are never forgiving!  The man of wrath who, surrounded by darkness, always inflicteth, by help of his own energy, various kinds of punishment on persons whether they deserve them or not, is necessarily separated from his friends in consequence of that energy of his.  Such a man is hated by both relatives and strangers.  Such a man, because he insulteth others, suffereth loss of wealth and reapeth disregard and sorrow and hatred and confusion and enemies.  The man of wrath, in consequence of his ire, inflicteth punishments on men and obtaineth (in return) harsh words.  He is divested of his prosperity soon and even of life, not to say, of friends and relatives.  He that putteth forth his might both upon his benefactor and his foe, is an object of alarm to the world, like a snake that hath taken shelter in a house, to the inmates thereof.  What prosperity can he have who is an object of alarm to the world?  People always do him an injury when they find a hole.  Therefore, should men never exhibit might in excess nor forgiveness on all occasions.  One should put forth his might and show his forgiveness on proper occasions.  He that becometh forgiving at the proper time and harsh and mighty also at the proper time, obtaineth happiness both in this world and the other.

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