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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.
him by his words said, ’Thou hadst earned the full measure I of virtue by thy earthly deeds, and this region (that thou hadst won) is eternal, as thy deeds are in heaven.  Thou hadst, however, O royal sage, destroyed thy acquisition by thy vanity alone, and thereby covered the hearts of all the denizens of heaven with darkness in consequence of which none of them could recognise thee.  And since thou couldst not be recognised, thou wert hurled hence!  Saved once more by the love and affection of thy daughter’s sons, thou hast once more arrived here, and regained this unchangeable, eternal, sacred, excellent, stable, and indestructible region won before by thy own deeds.’  Thus addressed, Yayati said, ’O holy one, I have a doubt, which, it behoveth thee, to dispel.  O Grandsire of all the worlds, it behoveth me not to ask any one else.  Great was my merit, augmented by a (virtuous) rule over my subjects for many thousands of years and won by innumerable sacrifices and gifts.  How could merit (so great) be exhausted so soon in consequence of which I was hurled hence?  Thou knowest, O holy one, that the regions created for me were all eternal.  Why were all those regions of mine destroyed, O thou of great effulgence?  The Grandsire answered, saying, ’Thy merit, augmented by a (virtuous) rule over thy subjects for many thousands of years and won by innumerable sacrifices and gifts, was exhausted by only one fault, in consequence of which thou wert hurled (from this region).  That fault, O king of kings, was thy vanity for which thou hadst become an object of contempt with all the residents of heaven.  O royal sage, this region can never be rendered eternal by vanity, or pride of strength, or malice, or deceitfulness, or deception.  Never disregard those that are inferior, or superior, or in the middle station.  There is not a greater sinner than he who is consumed by the fire of vanity.  Those men that will converse upon this fall and re-ascension of thine, will, without doubt, be protected even if overtaken by calamity.’

“Narada continued, ’O monarch, even such was the distress into which Yayati fell in consequence of vanity, and such was the distress into which Galava fell owing to his obstinacy.  They that desire their own good should listen to friends that wish them well.  Obstinacy should never be entertained, for obstinacy is always the root of ruin.  For this reason, O son of Gandhari, forsake vanity and wrath, O hero, make peace with the sons of Pandu.  Avoid anger, O king, that which is given away, that which is done, the austerities that are practised, the libations that are poured on fire, nor one of these is ever destroyed or suffereth any diminution.  None else, again, enjoyeth the fruits of these save he that is their agent.  He that succeedeth in understanding this truly superior and excellent history, that is approved by persons of great learning as well as by those that are freed from anger and lust, and that is enforced by various references to scriptures and reason, obtaineth a knowledge of virtue and profit and desire, and enjoyeth the sovereignty of the whole world!’”

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