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

Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa
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respect, how, O faultless one, can one like me transgress (like them)?  If amongst men there were not persons equal unto the earth in forgiveness, there would be no peace among men but continued strife caused by wrath.  If the injured return their injuries, if one chastised by his superior were to chastise his superior in return, the consequence would be the destruction of every creature, and sin also would prevail in the world.  If the man who hath ill speeches from another, returneth those speeches afterwards; if the injured man returneth his injuries; if the chastised person chastiseth in return; if fathers slay sons, and sons fathers and if husbands slay wives, and wives husbands; then, O Krishna, how can birth take place in a world where anger prevaileth so!  For, O thou of handsome face, know that the birth of creatures is due to peace!  If the kings also, O Draupadi, giveth way to wrath, his subjects soon meet with destruction.  Wrath, therefore, hath for its consequence the destruction and the distress of the people.  And because it is seen that there are in the world men who are forgiving like the Earth, it is therefore that creatures derive their life and prosperity.  O beautiful one, one should forgive under every injury.  It hath been said that the continuation of species is due to man being forgiving.  He, indeed, is a wise and excellent person who hath conquered his wrath and who showeth forgiveness even when insulted, oppressed, and angered by a strong person.  The man of power who controleth his wrath, hath (for his enjoyment) numerous everlasting regions; while he that is angry, is called foolish, and meeteth with destruction both in this and the other world.  O Krishna, the illustrious and forgiving Kashyapa hath, in this respect, sung the following verses in honour of men that are ever forgiving, “Forgiveness is virtue, forgiveness is sacrifice, forgiveness is the Vedas, forgiveness is the Shruti.  He that knoweth this is capable of forgiving everything.  Forgiveness is Brahma; forgiveness is truth; forgiveness is stored ascetic merit; forgiveness protecteth the ascetic merit of the future; forgiveness is asceticism; forgiveness is holiness; and by forgiveness is it that the universe is held together.  Persons that are forgiving attain to the regions obtainable by those that have preformed meritorious sacrifices, or those that are well-conversant with the Vedas, or those that have high ascetic merit.  Those that perform Vedic sacrifices as also those that perform the meritorious rites of religion obtain other regions.  Men of forgiveness, however, obtain those much-adored regions that are in the world of Brahma.  Forgiveness is the might of the mighty; forgiveness is sacrifice; forgiveness is quiet of mind.  How, O Krishna, can one like us abandon forgiveness, which is such, and in which are established Brahma, and truth, and wisdom and the worlds?  The man of wisdom should ever forgive, for when he is capable of forgiving everything,
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