The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 3 eBook

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domesticity is said to be the root of all the other modes of life.  A self-restrained householder who has conquered all his attachments to worldly objects always attains to success (in respect of the great object of life).  A Brahmana, by begetting children, by acquiring a knowledge of the Vedas, and by performing sacrifices, pays off the three debts he owes.[896] He should then enter the other modes of life, having cleansed himself by his acts.  He should settle in that place which he may ascertain to be the most sacred spot on earth, and he should strive in all matters that lead to fame, for attaining to a position of eminence.  The fame of Brahmanas increases through penances that are very austere, through mastery of the various branches of knowledge, through sacrifices, and through gifts.  Indeed, a person enjoys endless regions of the righteous (in the next world) as long as his deeds or the memory thereof lasts in this world.  A Brahmana should teach, study, officiate at other people’s sacrifices, and offer sacrifices himself.  He should not give away in vain or accept other people’s gifts in vain.  Wealth, sufficient in quantity, that may come from one who is assisted in a sacrifice, from a pupil, or from kinsmen (by marriage) of a daughter, should be spent in the performance of sacrifice or in making gifts.  Wealth coming from any of these sources should never be enjoyed by a Brahmana singly.[897] For a Brahmana leading a life of domesticity there is no means save the acceptance of gifts for the sake of the deities, or Rishis, or Pitris, or preceptor or the aged, or the diseased, or the hungry.[898] Unto those that are persecuted by unseen foes, or those that are striving to the best of their power to acquire knowledge, one should make gifts from one’s own possessions, including even cooked food, more than one can fairly afford.[899] Unto a deserving person there is nothing that cannot be given.  They that are good and wise deserve to have even the prince of steeds, called Uchchaisravas, belonging to Indra himself.[900] Of high vows (king) Satyasandha, having, with due humility, offered his own life-breaths for saving those of a Brahmana, ascended to heaven.  Sankriti’s son Rantideva, having given only lukewarm water to the high-souled Vasishtha, ascended to heaven and received high honours there.  Atri’s royal son Indradamana, possessed of great intelligence, having given diverse kinds of wealth to a deserving person, acquired diverse regions of felicity in the next world.  Usinara’s son Sivi, having given away his own limbs and the dear son of loins for the sake of a Brahmana, ascended to heaven from this world.  Pratardana, the ruler of Kasi, having given away his very eyes to a Brahmana, obtained great fame both here and hereafter.  King Devavridha, having given away a very beautiful and costly umbrella, with eight golden ribs, proceeded to heaven with all the people of his kingdom.  Sankriti of Atri’s race, possessed of great energy, having given instruction
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