The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1 eBook

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union; of many circumstances.  If one important element is wanting, success doth not become commensurate, or doth not come at all.  If however, no exertion is made, there can be no success.  Nor is there anything to applaud in the absence of all exertion.  The intelligent, aided by their intelligence, and according to their full might bring place, time, means, auspicious rites, for the acquisition of prosperity.  With carefulness and vigilance should one set himself to work, his chief guide being his prowess.  In the union of qualities necessary for success in work, prowess seemeth to be the chief.  When the man of intelligence seeth his enemy superior to him in many qualities, he should seek the accomplishment of his purposes by means, of the arts of conciliation and proper appliances.  He should also wish evil unto his foe and his banishment.  Without speaking of mortal man, if his foe were even the ocean or the hills, he should be guided by such motives.  A person by his activity in searching for the holes of his enemies, dischargeth his debt to himself as also to his friends.  No man should ever disparage himself for the man that disparageth himself never earneth high prosperity.  O Bharata, success in this world is attainable on such conditions!  In fact, success in the World is said to depend on acting according to time and circumstances.  My father formerly kept a learned Brahmana with him.  O bull of the Bharata race, he said all this unto my father.  Indeed, these instructions as to duty, uttered by Vrihaspati himself, were first taught to my brothers.  It was from them that I heard these afterwards while in my father’s house.  And, O Yudhishthira, while at intervals of business, I went out (of the inner apartments) and sat on the lap of my father, that learned Brahmana used to recite unto me these truths, sweetly consoling me therewith!”


’Vaisampayana said, “Hearing these words of Yajnaseni, Bhimasena, sighing in wrath, approached the king and addressed him, saying, ’Walk, O monarch, in the customary path trodden by good men, (before thee) in respect of kingdoms.  What do we gain by living in the asylum of ascetics, thus deprived of virtue, pleasure, and profit?  It is not by virtue, nor by honesty, nor by might, but by unfair dice, that our kingdom hath been snatched by Duryodhana.  Like a weak offal-eating jackal snatching the prey from mighty lions, he hath snatched away our kingdom.  Why, O monarch, in obedience to the trite merit of sticking to a promise, dost thou suffer such distress, abandoning that wealth which is the source of both virtue and enjoyments?  It was for thy carelessness, O king, that our kingdom protected by the wielder of the Gandiva and therefore, incapable of being wrested by Indra himself, was snatched from us in our very sight.  It was for thee, O monarch, that, ourselves living, our prosperity was snatched away from us like a fruit from one unable

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