The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 3 eBook

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quality of Goodness, and that are highly blessed, succeed in understanding the origin and the end of all things.  A Brahmana should live in the observance of the duties laid down in the Vedas.  He should do all his acts like a good man of restrained soul.  He should earn his livelihood without injuring any creature.  Having derived knowledge from the good and wise, he should control his passions and propensities.  Well-versed in the scriptures, he should practise those duties that have been laid down for him, and do all acts in this world guided by the quality of goodness.  Leading even the domestic mode of life., the Brahmana should be observant of the six acts already spoken of.[901] His heart full of faith, he should worship the deities in the five well-known sacrifices.  Endued with patience, never heedless, having self-control, conversant with duties, with a cleansed soul, divested of joy, pride, and wrath, the Brahmana should never sink in languor.  Gifts, study of the Vedas, sacrifices, penances, modesty, guilelessness, and self-restraint,—­these enhance one’s energy and destroy one’s sins.  One endued with intelligence should be abstemious in diet and should conquer one’s senses.  Indeed, having subdued both lust and wrath, and having washed away all his sins, he should strive for attaining to Brahma.  He should worship the Fire and Brahmanas, and bow to the deities.  He should avoid all kinds of inauspicious discourse and all acts of unrighteous injury.  This preliminary course of conduct is first laid down for a Brahmana.  Subsequently, when knowledge comes, he should engage himself in acts, for in acts lies success.[902] The Brahmana who is endued with intelligence succeeds in crossing the stream of life that is so difficult to cross and that is so furious and terrible, that has the five senses for its waters that has cupidity for its source, and wrath for its mire.  He should never shut his eyes to the fact that Time stands behind him in a threatening attitude.—­Time who is the great stupefier of all things, and who is armed with very great and irresistible force, issuing from the great Ordainer himself.  Generated by the current of Nature, the universe is being ceaselessly carried along.  The mighty river of Time, overspread with eddies constituted by the years, having the months for its waves and the seasons for its current, the fortnights for its floating straw and grass, and the rise and fall of the eyelids for its froth, the days and the nights for its water, and desire and lust for its terrible crocodiles, the Vedas and sacrifices for its rafts, and the righteousness of creatures for its islands, and Profit and Pleasure for its springs, truthfulness of speech and Emancipation for its shores, benevolence for the trees that float along it, and the yugas for the lakes along its course,—­the mighty river of Time,—­which has an origin as inconceivable as that of Brahma itself, is ceaselessly bearing away all beings created by the great Ordainer
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