The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1 eBook

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is the fifth son of Vrihaspati.  This Brahmic fire has a tendency to move upwards and hence it is called Urdhvabhag, and is seated in the vital air called Prana.  The sixth son is called the great Swishtakrit; for by him oblations became swishta (su, excellently, and ishta, offered) and the udagdhara oblation is always made in his honour.  And when all creatures are claimed, the fire called Manyauti becomes filled with fury.  This inexorably terrible and highly irascible fire is the daughter of Vrihaspati, and is known as Swaha and is present in all matter. (By the respective influence of the three qualities of sattwa, rajas and tamas, Swaha had three sons).  By reason of the first she had a son who was equalled by none in heaven in personal beauty, and from this fact he was surnamed by the gods as the Kama-fire.[65] (By reason of the second) she had a son called the Amogha or invincible fire, the destroyer of his enemies in battle.  Assured of success he curbs his anger and is armed with a bow and seated on a chariot and adorned with wreaths of flowers. (From the action of the third quality) she had a son, the great Uktha (the means of salvation) praised by (akin to) three Ukthas.[66] He is the originator of the great word[67] and is therefore known as the Samaswasa or the means of rest (salvation).’”

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“Markandeya continued, ’He (Uktha) performed a severe penance lasting for many years, with the view of having a pious son equal unto Brahma in reputation.  And when the invocation was made with the vyahriti hymns and with the aid of the five sacred fires, Kasyapa, Vasistha, Prana, the son of Prana, Chyavana, the son of Angiras, and Suvarchaka—­there arose a very bright energy (force) full of the animating (creative) principle, and of five different colours.  Its head was of the colour of the blazing fire, its arms were bright like the sun and its skin and eyes were golden-coloured and its feet, O Bharata, were black.  Its five colours were given to it by those five men by reason of their great penance.  This celestial being is therefore described as appertaining to five men, and he is the progenitor of five tribes.  After having performed a penance for ten thousand years, that being of great ascetic merit produced the terrible fire appertaining to the Pitris (manes) in order to begin the work of creation, and from his head and mouth respectively he created Vrihat and Rathantara (day and night) who quickly steal away (life, &c.).  He also created Siva from his navel, Indra from his might and wind and fire from his soul, and from his two arms sprang the hymns Udatta and Anudatta.  He also produced the mind, and the five senses, and other creatures.  Having created these, he produced the five sons of the Pitris.  Of these Pranidhi was the son of Vrihadratha.  Vrihadratha was the son of Kasyapa.  Bhanu was the godson of Chyavana, Saurabha, the son of Suvarchaka, and Anudatta, the

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