The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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virtuous policy purposes that have once been frustrated, is said to possess real manhood.  That man attaineth all his objects, who is conversant with remedies to be applied in the future, who is firmly resolved in the present, and who could anticipate in the past how an act begun would end.  That which a man pursueth in word, deed, and thought, winneth him for its own; therefore, one should always seek that which is for his good.  Effort after securing what is good, the properties of time, place, and means, acquaintance with the scriptures, activity, straightforwardness, and frequent meetings with those that are good,—­these bring about prosperity.  Perseverance is the root of prosperity, of gain, and of what is beneficial.  The man that pursueth an object with perseverance and without giving it up in vexation, is really great, and enjoyeth happiness that is unending.  O sire, there is nothing more conducive of happiness and nothing more proper for a man of power and energy as foregiveness in every place and at all times.  He that is weak should forgive under all circumstances.  He that is possessed of power should show forgiveness from motives of virtue; and he, to whom the success or failure of his objects is the same, is naturally forgiving.  That pleasure the pursuit of which doth not injure one’s virtue and profit, should certainly be pursued to one’s fill.  One should not, however, act like a fool by giving free indulgence to his senses.  Prosperity never resides in one who suffers himself to be tortured by a grief, who is addicted to evil ways, who denies Godhead, who is idle, who hath not his senses under control, and who is divested of exertion.  The man that is humble, and who from humility is modest is regarded as weak and persecuted by persons of misdirected intelligence.  Prosperity never approacheth from fear the person that is excessively liberal, that giveth away without measure, that is possessed of extraordinary bravery, that practiseth the most rigid vows, and that is very proud of his wisdom.  Prosperity doth not reside in one that is highly accomplished, nor in one that is without any accomplishment.  She doth not desire a combination of all the virtues, nor is she pleased with the total absence of all virtues.  Blind, like a mad cow, prosperity resides with some one who is not remarkable.  The fruits of the Vedas are ceremonies performed before the (homa) fire; the fruits of an acquaintance with the scriptures are goodness of disposition and conduct.  The fruits of women are the pleasures of intercourse and offspring; and the fruits of wealth are enjoyment and charity.  He that performeth acts tending to secure his prosperity in the other world with wealth acquired sinfully, never reapeth the fruits of these acts in the other world, in consequence of the sinfulness of the acquisitions (spent for the purpose).  In the midst of deserts, or deep woods, or inaccessible fastnesses, amid all kinds of dangers and alarms or in view of deadly weapons
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