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

Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa
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nor by myself, nor by the sons of Madri.  Afflicted with the vows, thy cry is Religion!  Religion!  Hast thou from despair been deprived of thy manliness?  Cowards alone, unable to win back their prosperity, cherish despair, which is fruitless and destructive of one’s purposes.  Thou hast ability and eyes.  Thou seest that manliness dwelleth in us.  It is because thou hast adopted a life of peace that thou feelest not this distress.  These Dhritarashtras regard us who are forgiving, as really incompetent.  This, O king, grieveth me more than death in battle.  If we all die in fair fight without turning our backs on the foe, even that would be better than this exile, for then we should obtain regions of bliss in the other world.  Or, if, O bull of the Bharata race, having slain them all, we acquire the entire earth, that would be prosperity worth the trial.  We who ever adhere to the customs of our order, who ever desire grand achievements, who wish to avenge our wrongs, have this for our bounden duty.  Our kingdom wrested from us, if we engage in battle, our deeds when known to the world will procure for us fame and not slander.  And that virtue, O king, which tortureth one’s own self and friends, is really no virtue.  It is rather vice, producing calamities.  Virtue is sometimes also the weakness of men.  And though such a man might ever be engaged in the practice of virtue, yet both virtue and profit forsake him, like pleasure and pain forsaking a person that is dead.  He that practiseth virtue for virtue’s sake always suffereth.  He can scarcely be called a wise man, for he knoweth not the purposes of virtue like a blind man incapable of perceiving the solar light.  He that regardeth his wealth to exist for himself alone, scarcely understandeth the purposes of wealth.  He is really like a servant that tendeth kine in a forest.  He again that pursueth wealth too much without pursuing virtue and enjoyments, deserveth to be censured and slain by all men.  He also that ever pursueth enjoyments without pursuing virtue and wealth, loseth his friends and virtue and wealth also.  Destitute of virtue and wealth such a man, indulging in pleasure at will, at the expiration of his period of indulgence, meeteth with certain death, like a fish when the water in which it liveth hath been dried up.  It is for these reasons that they that are wise are ever careful of both virtue and wealth, for a union of virtue and wealth is the essential requisite of pleasure, as fuel is the essential requisite of fire.  Pleasure hath always virtue for its root, and virtue also is united with pleasure.  Know, O monarch, that both are dependent on each other like the ocean and the clouds, the ocean causing the clouds and the clouds filling the ocean.  The joy that one feeleth in consequence of contact with objects of touch or of possession of wealth, is what is called pleasure.  It existeth in the mind, having no corporeal existence that one can see.  He that wisheth (to
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