The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 3 eBook

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manner a person that is unattached casts off all his sorrows.  As a bird deserts a tree that is about to fall down upon a piece of water and thus severing itself from it alights on a (new) resting place, after the same manner the person freed from attachments casts off both joy and sorrow and dissociated even from his subtile and subtiler forms attains to that end which is fraught with the highest prosperity.[828] Their own ancestor Janaka, the chief of Mithila, beholding his city burning in a conflagration, himself proclaimed, ‘In this conflagration nothing of mine is burning.’  King Janadeva, having listened to these words capable of yielding immortality and uttered by Panchasikha, and arriving at the truth after carefully reflecting upon everything that the latter had said, cast off his sorrows and lived on in the enjoyment of great felicity.  He who reads this discourse, O king, that treat of emancipation and who always reflects upon it, is never pained by any calamity, and freed from sorrow, attains to emancipation like Janadeva, the ruler of Mithila after his meeting with Panchasikha.’”

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“Yudhishthira said, ’By doing what does one acquire happiness, and what is that by doing which one meets with woe?  What also is that, O Bharata, by doing which one becomes freed from fear and sojourns here crowned with success (in respect of the objects of life)?’

“Bhishma said, ’The ancients who had their understandings directed to the Srutis, highly applauded the duty of self-restraint for all the orders generally but for the.  Brahmanas in especial.  Success in respect of religious rites never occurs in the case of one that is not self-restrained.  Religious rites, penances, truth,—­all these are established upon self-restraint.  Self-restraint enhances one’s energy.  Self-restraint is said to be sacred.  The man of self-restraint becomes sinless and fearless and wins great results.  One that is self-restrained sleeps happily and wakes happily.  He sojourns happily in the world and his mind always remains cheerful.  Every kind of excitement is quietly controlled by self-restraint.  One that is not self-restrained fails in a similar endeavour.  The man of self-restraint beholds his innumerable foes (in the form of lust, desire, and wrath, etc.), as if these dwell in a separate body.  Like tigers and other carnivorous beasts, persons destitute of self-restraint always inspire all creatures with dread.  For controlling these men, the Self-born (Brahman) created kings.  In all the (four) modes of life, the practice or self-restraint is distinguished above all other virtues.  The fruits of self-restraint are much greater than those obtainable in all the modes of life.  I shall now mention to thee the indications of those persons who prize self-restraint highly.[829] They are nobility, calmness of disposition, contentment, faith, forgiveness, invariable simplicity, the absence of garrulity, humility,

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