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

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be remedied according to methods prescribed in the Sastras.  Men also run mad from perplexity, from fear, as also on beholding hideous sights.  The remedy lies in quieting their minds.  There are three classes of spirits, some are frolicsome, some are gluttonous, and some sensual.  Until men attain the age of three score and ten, these evil influences continue to torment them, and then fever becomes the only evil spirit that afflicts sentient beings.  These evil spirits always avoid those who have subdued their senses, who are self-restrained, of cleanly habits, god-fearing and free from laziness and contamination.  I have thus described to thee, O king, the evil spirits that mould the destinies of men.  Thou who art devoted to Maheswara art never troubled by them.’”

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“Markandeya continued, ’When Skanda had bestowed these powers, Swaha appeared to him and said, “Thou art my natural son,—­I desire that thou shalt grant exquisite happiness to me.”

“’Skanda replied, “What sort of happiness dost thou wish to enjoy?”

“’Swaha replied, “O mighty being, I am the favourite daughter of Daksha, by name Swaha; and from my youthful days I have been in love with Hutasana (the Fire-god); but that god, my son, does not understand my feelings.  I desire to live for ever with him (as his wife).”

“’Skanda replied, “From this day, lady, all the oblations that men of virtuous character, who swerve not from the path of virtue, will offer to their gods or ancestors with incantation of purifying hymns by Brahmanas, shall always be offered (through Agni) coupled with the name of Swaha, and thus, excellent lady, wilt thou always live associated with Agni, the god of fire."’

“Markandeya continued, ’Thus addressed and honoured by Skanda, Swaha was greatly pleased; and associated with her husband Pavaka (the Fire-god), she honoured him in return.

“’Then Brahma, the lord of all creatures, said to Mahasena, “Do thou go and visit thy father Mahadeva, the conqueror of Tripura.  Rudra coalescing with Agni (the Fire-god) and Uma with Swaha have combined to make thee invincible for the well-being of all creatures.  And the semen of the high-souled Rudra cast into the reproductive organ of Uma was thrown back upon this hill, and hence the twin Mujika and Minjika came into being.  A portion of it fell into the Blood Sea, another portion, into the rays of the sun, another upon the earth and thus was it distributed in five portions.  Learned men ought to remember that these thy various and fierce-looking followers living on the flesh of animals were produced from the semen.”  “Be it so,” so saying, the high-souled Mahasena with fatherly love, honoured his father Maheswara.’

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