The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2 eBook

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O best of virtuous men, man’s actions are either good or bad, and he undoubtedly reaps their fruits.  The ignorant man having attained to an abject state, grossly abuses the gods, not knowing that it is the consequence of his own evil karma.  The foolish, the designing and the fickle, O good Brahmana, always attain the very reverse of happiness or misery.  Neither learning nor good morals, nor personal exertion can save them.  And if the fruits of our exertion were not dependent on anything else, people would attain the object of their desire, by simply striving to attain it.  It is seen that able, intelligent and diligent persons are baffled in their efforts, and do not attain the fruits of their actions.  On the other hand, persons who are always active in injuring others and in practising deception on the world, lead a happy life.  There are some who attain prosperity without any exertion.  And there are others, who with the utmost exertion, are unable to achieve their dues.  Miserly persons with the object of having sons born to them worship the gods, and practise severe austerities, and those sons having remained in the womb for ten months at length turn out to be very infamous issue of their race; and others begotten under the same auspices, decently pass their lives in luxury with heaps of riches and grain accumulated by their ancestors.  The diseases from which men suffer, are undoubtedly the result of their own karma.  They then behave like small deer at the hands of hunters, and they are racked with mental troubles.  And, O Brahmana, as hunters intercept the flight of their game, the progress of those diseases is checked by able and skilful physicians with their collections of drugs.  And, the best of the cherishers of religion, thou hast observed that those who have it in their power to enjoy (the good things of this earth), are prevented from doing so from the fact of their suffering from chronic bowel-complaints, and that many others that are strong and powerful, suffer from misery, and are enabled with great difficulty to obtain a livelihood; and that every man is thus helpless, overcome by misery and illusion, and again and again tossed and overpowered by the powerful current of his own actions (karma).  If there were absolute freedom of action, no creature would die, none would be subject to decay, or await his evil doom, and everybody would attain the object of his desire.  All persons desire to out distance their neighbours (in the race of life), and they strive to do so to the utmost of their power; but the result turns out otherwise.  Many are the persons born under the influence of the same star and the same auspices of good luck; but a great diversity is observable in the maturity of their actions.  No person, O good Brahmana, can be the dispenser of his own lot.  The actions done in a previous existence are seen to fructify in our present life.  It is the immemorial tradition that the soul is eternal and everlasting, but the corporeal frame of all creatures is subject to destruction here (below).  When therefore life is extinguished, the body only is destroyed, but the spirit, wedded to its actions, travels elsewhere.”

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