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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 1,984 pages of information about The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2.
A peaceful disposition of an exceedingly rare character hath been displayed by Pandu’s son in this matter.  When Dhritarashtra and his sons, however, are so covetous, I do not see why hostility should not run high?  Thou canst not pretend, O Sanjaya, to be more versed than I am or Yudhishthira. is, in the niceties of right and wrong.  Then why dost thou speak words of reproach with reference to the conduct of Yudhishthira who is enterprising, mindful of his own duty, and thoughtful, from the very beginning, of the welfare of his family, agreeably to the injunctions (of treatises of morality)?  With regard to the topic at hand, the Brahmanas have held opinions of various kinds.  Some say that success in the world to come depends upon work.  Some declare that action should be shunned and that salvation is attainable by knowledge.  The Brahmanas say—­that though one may have a knowledge of eatable things, yet his hunger will not be appeased unless he actually eats.  Those branches of knowledge that help the doing of work, bear fruit, but not other kinds, for the fruit of work is of ocular demonstration.  A thirsty person drinks water, and by that act his thirst is allayed.  This result proceeds, no doubt, from work.  Therein lies the efficacy of work.  If anyone thinks that something else is better than work, I deem, his work and his words are meaningless.  In the other world, it is by virtue of work that the gods flourish.  It is by work that the wind blows.  It is by virtue of work that the sleepless Surya rises every day and becomes the cause of day and night, and Soma passes through the months and the fortnights and the combinations of constellations.  Fire is kindled of itself and burns by virtue of work, doing good to mankind.  The sleepless goddess Earth, sustains by force this very great burden.  The sleepless rivers, giving satisfaction to all (organised) beings, carry their waters with speed.  The sleepless Indra, possessed of a mighty force, pours down rain, resounding the heaven and the cardinal points.  Desirous of being the greatest of the gods, he led a life of austerities such as a holy Brahmana leads.  Indra gave up pleasure, and all things agreeable to the heart.  He sedulously cherished virtue and truth and self-control, and forbearance, and impartiality, and humanity.  It was by work that he attained a position the highest (of all).  Following the above course of life, Indra attained the high sovereignty over the gods.  Vrihaspati, intently and with self-control, led in a proper manner that life of austerities which a Brahmana leads.  He gave up pleasure and controlled his senses and thereby attained the position of the preceptor of the celestials.  Similarly, the constellations in the other world, by virtue of work, and the Rudras, the Adityas, the Vasus, king Yama, and Kuvera, and the Gandharvas, the Yakshas, and the celestial nymphs, all attained their present position by work.  In the other world, the saints shine, following a
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