The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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“Vidura said, ’Worshipped by the good and abandoning pride, that good man who pursueth his objects without outstepping the limits of his power, soon succeedeth in winning fame, for they that are good, when gratified with a person, are certainly competent to bestow happiness on him.  He that forsaketh, of his own accord, even a great object owing to its being fraught with unrighteousness, liveth happily, casting off all foes, like a snake that hath cast off its slough.  A victory gained by an untruth, deceitful conduct towards the king, and insincerity of intentions expressed before the preceptor,—­these three are each equal to the sin of slaying a Brahmana.  Excessive envy, death, and boastfulness, are the causes of the destruction of prosperity.  Carelessness in waiting upon preceptor, haste, and boastlessness, are the three enemies of knowledge.  Idleness, inattention, confusion of the intellect, restlessness, gathering for killing time, haughtiness, pride, and covetous ness,—­these seven constitute, it is said, the faults of students in the pursuit of learning.  How can they that desire pleasure have knowledge?  Students, again, engaged in the pursuit of learning, cannot have pleasure.  Votaries of pleasure must give up knowledge, and votaries of knowledge must give up pleasure.  Fire is never gratified with fuel (but can consume any measure thereof).  The great ocean is never gratified with the rivers it receives (but can receive any number of them).  Death is never gratified even with entire living creatures.  A beautiful woman is never gratified with any number of men (she may have).  O king, hope killeth patience; Yama killeth growth; anger killeth prosperity; miserliness killeth fame; absence of tending killeth cattle; one angry Brahmana destroyeth a whole kingdom.  Let goats, brass, silver, honey, antidotes of poison, birds, Brahmanas versed in the Vedas, old relatives, and men of high birth sunk in poverty, be always present in thy house.  O Bharata, Manu hath said that goats, bulls, sandal, lyres, mirrors, honey, clarified butter, iron, copper, conch-shells, salagram (the stony-image of Vishnu with gold within) and gorochana should always be kept in one’s house for the worship of the gods.  Brahmanas, and guests, for all those objects are auspicious.  O sire, I would impart to thee another sacred lesson productive of great fruits, and which is the highest of all teachings, viz., virtue should never be forsaken from desire, fear, or temptation, nay, nor for the sake of life itself.  Virtue is everlasting; pleasure and pain are transitory; life is, indeed, everlasting but its particular phases are transitory.  Forsaking those which are transitory, betake thyself to that which is everlasting, and let contentment be thine, for contentment is the highest of all acquisitions.  Behold, illustrious and mighty kings, having ruled lands abounding with wealth and corn, have become the victims of the Universal Destroyer, leaving behind their kingdoms and vast

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