The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 3 eBook

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of Emancipation.  He should be pure in speech, thought, and body; he should be free from pride.  Of tranquil soul and possessed of knowledge, he should lead a life of mendicancy, and pursue happiness without being attached to any worldly object.  Again, if attachment be seen to possess the mind in consequence of compassion to creatures, he should, seeing that the universe is the result of acts, show indifference in respect of compassion itself.[755] Whatever good, acts are performed, or whatever sin (is perpetrated), the doer tastes the consequences.  Hence, one should, in speech, thought, and deed, do only acts that are good.[756] He succeeds in obtaining happiness who practises abstention from injuring (others), truthfulness of speech, honesty towards all creatures, and forgiveness, and who is never heedless.  Hence one, exercising one’s intelligence, should dispose one’s mind, after training it, on peace towards all creatures.[757] That man who regards the practice of the virtues enumerated above as the highest duty, as conducive to the happiness of all creatures, and as destructive of all kinds of sorrow, is possessed of the highest knowledge, and succeeds in obtaining happiness.  Hence (as already said), one should, exercising one’s intelligence, dispose one’s mind, after training it, on peace towards all creatures.  One should never think of doing evil to others.  One should not covet what is far above one’s power to attain.  One should not turn one’s thoughts towards objects that are non-existent.  One should, on the other hand, direct one’s mind towards knowledge by such persistent efforts as are sure to succeed.[758] With the aid of the declarations of the Srutis and of persistent efforts calculated to bring success, that Knowledge is sure to flow.  One that is desirous of saying good words or observing a religion that is refined of all dross, should utter only truth that is not fraught with any malice or censure.  One that is possessed of a sound heart should utter words that are not fraught with dishonesty, that are not harsh, that are not cruel, that are not evil, and that are not characterised by garrulity.  The universe is bound in speech.  If disposed to renunciation (of all worldly objects) then should one proclaim,[759] which a mind fraught with humility and a cleansed understanding, one’s own evil acts.[760] He who betakes himself to action, impelled thereto by propensities fraught with the attribute of Passion, obtains much misery in this world and at last sinks into hell.  One should, therefore, practise self-restraint in body, speech, and mind.  Ignorant persons bearing the burdens of the world are like robbers laden with their booty of straggling sheep (secreted from herds taken out for pasture).  The latter are always regardful of roads that are unfavourable to them (owing to the presence of the king’s watch).[761] Indeed, as robbers have to throw away their spoil if they wish for safety, even so should a person cast off all acts
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