Sacred Books of the East eBook

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“Next follows the father’s tradition to the son, and thus they explain it.  The father, when going to depart, calls his son, after having strewn the house with fresh grass, and having laid the sacrificial fire, and having placed near it a pot of water with a jug, full of rice, himself covered with a new cloth, and dressed in white.  He places himself above his son, touching his organs with his own organs, or he may deliver the tradition to him while he sits before him.  Then he delivers it to him.  The father says:  ‘Let me place my speech in thee.’  The son says:  ’I take thy speech in me.’  The father says:  ‘Let me place my scent in thee.’  The son says:  ‘I take thy scent in me.’  The father says:  ’Let me place my eye in thee.’  The son says:  ‘I take thy eye in me.’  The father says:  ‘Let me place my ear in thee.’  The son says:  ‘I take thy ear in me.’  The father says:  ‘Let me place my tastes of food in thee.’  The son says:  ’I take thy tastes of food in me.’  The father says:  ’Let me place my actions in thee.’  The son says:  ‘I take thy actions in me.’  The father says:  ‘Let me place my pleasure and pain in thee.’  The son says:  ’I take thy pleasure and pain in me.’  The father says:  ’Let me place happiness, joy, and offspring in thee.’  The son says:  ’I take thy happiness, joy, and offspring in me.’  The father says:  ’Let me place my walking in thee.’  The son says:  ‘I take thy walking in me.’  The father says:  ’Let me place my mind in thee.’  The son says:  ‘I take thy mind in me.’  The father says:  ‘Let me place my knowledge in thee.’  The son says:  ’I take thy knowledge in me.’  But if the father is very ill, he may say shortly:  Let me place my spirits in thee,’ and the son:  ’I take thy spirits in me.’

“Then the son walks round his father, keeping his right side towards him, and goes away.  The father calls after him:  ’May fame, glory of countenance, and honor always follow thee.’  Then the other looks back over his left shoulder, covering himself with his hand or the hem of his garment, saying:  ‘Obtain the heavenly worlds and all desires.’

“If the father recovers, let him be under the authority of his son, or let him wander about as an ascetic.  But if he departs, then let them despatch him, as he ought to be despatched, yea, as he ought to be despatched.”

LIFE AND CONSCIOUSNESS

Pratardana, the son of Divodasa, King of Kasi, came by means of fighting and strength to the beloved abode of Indra.  Indra said to him:  “Pratardana, let me give you a boon to choose.”  And Pratardana answered:  “Do you yourself choose that boon for me which you deem most beneficial for a man.”  Indra said to him:  “No one who chooses, chooses for another; choose thyself.”  Then Pratardana replied:  “Then that boon to choose is no boon for me.”

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