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The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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than mountains.  It is the basis upon which everything is founded; it is unchangeable; it is this visible universe (omnipresent); it is vast; it is delightful; creatures have all sprung from it and are to return to it.  Free from all kinds of duality, it is manifest as the universe and all-pervading.  Men of learning say that it is without any change, except in the language used to describe it.  They are emancipated that are acquainted with That in which this universe is established.’”

SECTION XLV

“Sanat-sujata said, ’Sorrow, anger, covetousness, lust, ignorance, laziness, malice, self-importance, continuous desire of gain, affection, jealousy and evil speech,—­these twelve, O monarch, are grave faults that are destructive of men’s lives.  Each of these, O monarch, wait for opportunities to seize mankind.  Afflicted by them, men lose their senses and commit sinful acts.  He that is covetous, he that is fierce, he that is harsh of speech, he that is garrulous, he that is given to nursing anger, he that is boastful,—­these six of wicked disposition, on obtaining wealth, cannot treat others with courtesy.  He that regardeth sensual gratification as the end of life, he that is self-conceited, he that boasteth having made a gift, he that never spendeth, he that is weak in mind, he that is given to self-admiration, and he that hateth his own wife,—­these seven are counted as wicked men of sinful habits.  Righteousness, truth, asceticism, self-restraint, contentment, modesty, renunciation, love of others, gift, acquaintance with the scriptures, patience, and forgiveness,—­these twelve are the practices of a Brahmana.  He that doth not fall off from these twelve, may sway the entire earth.  He that is endued with three, or two, or even one, of these, doth never regard anything as his own to the exclusion of others.  Self-restraint, renunciation, and knowledge,—­in these reside emancipation.  These are the attributes of Brahmanas endued with wisdom and regarding Brahman as the highest of all objects of attainment.  True or false, it is not laudable for a Brahmana to speak ill of others; they that do this have hell for their abode.  Mada hath eighteen faults which have not yet been enumerated by me.  They are ill-will towards others, throwing obstacles in the way of virtuous acts, detraction, falsehood in speech, lust, anger, dependence, speaking ill of others, finding out the faults of others for report, waste of wealth, quarrel, insolence, cruelty to living creatures, malice, ignorance, disregard of those that are worthy of regard, loss of the senses of right and wrong, and always seeking to injure others.  A wise man, therefore, should not give way to mada, for the accompaniments of mada are censurable.  Friendship is said to possess six indications; firstly, friends delight in the prosperity of friends, and secondly, are distressed at their adversity.  If any one asketh for anything which is dear to his heart, but

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