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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 2,413 pages of information about The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 3.
person.[1070] Having performed only various kinds of religious rites and diverse sacrifices completed with gift of Dakshina, one does not acquire the status of a Brahmana if he is devoid of compassion and hath not given up desire.[1071] When one ceases to fear all creatures and when all creatures cease to fear one, when one never desires for anything nor cherishes aversion for anything, then he is said to attain to the status of Brahma.  When one abstains from injuring all creatures in thought, speech, and act, then he is said to acquire the status of Brahma.  There is only one kind of bondage in this world, viz., the bondage of desire, and no other.  One that is freed from the bondage of desire attains to the status of Brahma.  Freed from desire like the Moon emerged from murky clouds, the man of wisdom, purged of all stains, lives in patient expectation of his time.  That person into whose mind all sorts of desire enter like diverse streams falling into the ocean without being able to enhance its limits by their discharge, succeeds in obtaining tranquillity, but not he who cherishes desire for all earthly objects.  Such a person becomes happy in consequence of the fruition of all his wishes, and not he who cherishes desire for earthly objects.  The latter, even if he attains to heaven, has to fall away from it.[1072] The Vedas have truth for their recondite object.  Truth hath the subjugation of the senses for its recondite object.  The subjugation of the senses hath charity for its recondite object.  Charity hath penance for its recondite object.  Penance hath renunciation for its recondite object.  Renunciation hath happiness for its recondite object.  Happiness hath heaven for its recondite object.  Heaven hath tranquillity for its recondite object.[1073] For the sake of contentment thou shouldst wish to obtain a serene understanding which is a precious possession, being indicative of Emancipation, and which, scorching grief and all purposes or doubts together with thirst, destroys them completely in the end.[1074] One possessed of those six attributes, viz., contentment, grieflessness, freedom from attachment, peacefulness, cheerfulness, and freedom from envy, is sure to become full or complete.[1075] They that, transcending all consciousness of body, know the Soul which resides within the body and which is understood by only persons of wisdom with the aid of the six entities (already mentioned, viz., the Vedas and truth, etc.) when endowed with only the attribute of Sattwa, and with the aid also of the other three (viz., instruction, meditation and Yoga), succeed in attaining to Emancipation.[1076] The man of wisdom, by understanding the Soul which presides within the body, which is divested of the attributes of birth and death, which exists in its own nature, which being uninvested with attributes requires no act of purification, and which is identical with Brahma, enjoys beatitude that knows no termination.  The gratification that the man of wisdom obtains by
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