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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.
all the good things of life, and burthened with debt?  Death is preferable to life as regards him who having enjoyed the wealth of friends through their friendship for himself, is unable to return their favour.  The religious acts of that man lose their efficacy who having promised to do an act fails to perform it and is thus stained with falsehood.  One that is stained by falsehood cannot have beauty, or children, or power, or influence.  How, therefore, can such a one attain to a blissful state?  What ungrateful man hath ever earned fame?  Where, indeed, is his place, and where his happiness?  An ungrateful person can never win esteem and affection.  Salvation also can never be his.  He that is destitute of wealth is a wretch that can scarcely be said to live.  Such a wretch cannot support his kinsmen and friends.  Unable to make any return for the benefits he receiveth, he certainly meeteth with destruction.  Even I am that wretch, ungrateful, destitute of resources, and stained with falsehood, for having obtained my objects from my preceptor, I am unable to do his bidding.  Having first endeavoured to the utmost, I will lay down my life.  Before this, I never craved for any thing from the very gods.  The deities regard me for this in sacrificial place.  I will go and seek the protection of Vishnu, the divine Lord of the three worlds, of Krishna the great refuge of all who are blessed with protection.  Bowing down unto him, I desire to see that highest of all ascetics, the Eternal Krishna from whom flow all those possessions and enjoyments that are owned by both gods and Asuras.’  And while Galava was thus lamenting, his friend Garuda, the son of Vinata, appeared in his sight.  And Garuda, from desire of doing him good, cheerfully addressed him, saying, Thou art a dear friend, of mine.  It is the duty of a friend, when himself in prosperity, to look to the accomplishment of the wishes of his friends.  The prosperity that I have, O Brahmana, is constituted by Vasava’s younger brother Vishnu.  Before this, I spoke to him on thy behalf and he hath been pleased to grant my wishes.  Come now, we will go together.  I will bear thee comfortably to the other shore of the ocean, or to the furthest extremity of the earth.  Come, O Galava, do not tarry.’”

SECTION CVIII

“Garuda said, ’O Galava, commanded I have been by God, who is the cause of all knowledge.  I ask thee, towards which quarter shall I first take thee to see what lie there?  The eastern, the southern, the western, or the northern, towards which, O best of regenerate persons, shall I go, O Galava?  That quarter towards which Surya the illuminator of the universe first riseth; where, at eve, the Sadhyas engage in their ascetic austerities; where that Intelligence, which pervades the whole universe first springeth; where the two eyes of Dharma, as well as he himself, are stationed; where the clarified butter first poured in sacrifice subsequently flowed all around; that

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