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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.
born of any physical illness, and they that are unwise can never digest it.  Do thou, O king, swallow it up and obtain peace.  They that are tortured by disease have no liking for enjoyments, nor do they desire any happiness from wealth.  The sick, however, filled with sorrow, know not what happiness is or what the enjoyments of wealth are.  Beholding Draupadi won at dice, I told thee before, O king, these words,—­They that are honest avoid deceit in play.  Therefore, stop Duryodhana!  Thou didst not, however, act according to my words.  That is not strength which is opposed to softness.  On the other hand, strength mixed with softness constitutes true policy which should ever be pursued.  That prosperity which is dependent on crookedness alone is destined to be destroyed.  That prosperity, however, which depends on both strength and softness, descends to sons and grandsons in tact.  Let, therefore, thy sons cherish the Pandavas, and the Pandavas also cherish thy sons.  O king, let the Kurus and the Pandavas, both having same friends and same foes, live together in happiness and prosperity.  Thou art, today, O king, the refuge of the sons of Kuru.  Indeed, the race of Kuru, O Ajamida, is dependent on thee.  O sire, preserving thy fame unsullied, cherish thou the children of Pandu, afflicted as they are with the sufferings of exile.  O descendant of Kuru, make peace with the sons of Pandu.  Let not thy foes discover thy holes.  They all, O god among men, are devoted to truth.  O king of men, withdraw Duryodhana from his evil ways.’”

SECTION XXXVII

“Vidura said, ’O son of Vichitravirya, Manu, the son of the Self-created, hath, O king, spoken of the following seven and ten kinds of men, as those that strike empty space with their fists, or seek to bend the vapoury bow of Indra in the sky, or desire to catch the intangible rays of the sun.  These seven and ten kinds of foolish men are as follow:  he who seeketh to control a person that is incapable of being controlled; he who is content with small gains; he who humbly pays court to enemies; he who seeks to restrain women’s frailty; he who asketh him for gifts who should never be asked; he who boasteth, having done anything; he who, born in a high family, perpetrateth an improper deed; he who being weak always wageth hostilities with one that is powerful; he who talketh to a person listening scoffingly; he who desireth to have that which is unattainable; he who being a father-in-law, jesteth with his daughter-in-law; he who boasteth at having his alarms dispelled by his daughter-in-law; he who scattereth his own seeds in another’s field; he who speaketh ill of his own wife; he who having received anything from another sayeth that he doth not remember it, he who, having given away anything in words in holy places, boasteth at home when asked to make good his words, and he who striveth to prove the truth of what is false.  The envoys of Yama, with nooses in hand, drag those

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