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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 521 pages of information about The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2.

“Markandeya replied, ’Indeed, I shall explain all, after having bowed down to that Self-existent, Primordial Being, who is eternal and undeteriorating and inconceivable, and who is at once vested with and divested of attributes.  O tiger among men, this Janardana attired in yellow robes is the grand Mover and Creator of all, the Soul and Framer of all things, and the lord of all!  He is also called the Great, the Incomprehensible, the Wonderful and the Immaculate.  He is without beginning and without end, pervades all the world, is Unchangeable and Undeteriorating.  He is the Creator of all, but is himself uncreate and is the Cause of all power.  His knowledge is greater than that of all the gods together.  O best of kings and pre-eminent of men, after the dissolution of the universe, all this wonderful creation again comes into life.  Four thousand years have been said to constitute the Krita Yuga.  Its dawn also, as well as its eve, hath been said to comprise four hundred years.  The Treta-Yuga is said to comprise three thousand years, and its dawn, as well as its eve, is said to comprise three hundred years.  The Yuga that comes next is called Dwapara, and it hath been computed to consist of two thousand years.  Its dawn, as well as its eve, is said to comprise two hundred years.  The next Yuga, called Kali, is said to comprise one thousand years and its dawn, as well as eve, is said to comprise one hundred years.  Know, O king, that the duration of the dawn is the same as that of the eve of a Yuga.  And after the Kali Yuga is over, the Krita Yuga comes again.  A cycle of the Yugas thus comprised a period of twelve thousand years.  A full thousand of such cycles would constitute a day of Brahma.  O tiger among men, when all this universe is withdrawn and ensconced within its home—­the Creator himself—­that disappearance of all things is called by the learned to be Universal Destruction.  O bull of the Bharata race, towards the end of the last mentioned period of one thousand years, i.e., when the period wanted to complete a cycle is short, men generally become addicted to falsehood in speech.  O son of Pritha, then sacrifices and gifts and vows, instead of being performed by principals are suffered to be performed by representatives!  Brahmanas then perform acts that are reserved for the Sudras, and the Sudras betake themselves to the acquisition of wealth.  Then Kshatriyas also betake themselves to the practice of religious acts.  In the Kali age, the Brahmanas also abstain from sacrifices and the study of the Vedas, are divested of their staff and deer-skin, and in respect of food become omnivorous.  And, O son, the Brahmanas in that age also abstain from prayers and meditation while the Sudras betake themselves to these!  The course of the world looketh contrary, and indeed, these are the signs that foreshadow the Universal Destruction.  And, O lord

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