The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 3 eBook

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restraining his mind from wandering in all directions and fixing it wholly on the Soul is such that its like cannot be attained by one through any other means.  He is said to be truly conversant with the Vedas who is conversant with that which gratifies one whose stomach is empty, which pleases one who is indigent, and which invigorates one whose limbs are dry.  Suspending his senses that have been duly restrained from unworthy indulgence, he who lives engaged in Yoga meditation, is said to be a Brahmana.  Such a person is said to be distinguished above others.  Such a person is said to derive his joys from the Soul.  With reference to one who lives after having weakened desire and devoting himself to the highest topic of existence, it should be said that his happiness is continuously enhanced like the lunar disc (in the lighted fortnight).[1077] Like the Sun dispelling darkness, felicity dispels the sorrows of that Yogin who transcends both the gross and the subtile elements, as also Mahat and the Unmanifest.[1078] Decrepitude and death cannot assail that Brahmana who has got beyond the sphere of acts, who has transcended the destruction of the Gunas themselves, and who is no longer attached to worldly objects.[1079] Indeed, when the Yogin, freed from everything, lives in a state transcending both attachment and aversion, he is said to transcend even in this life his senses and all their objects.  That Yogin, who having transcended Prakriti attains to the Highest Cause, becomes freed from the obligation of a return to the world in consequence of his having attained to that which is the highest.’"[1080]

SECTION CCLII

“Vyasa said, ’Unto a disciple that wishes to enquire after Emancipation after having transcended all pairs of opposites and accomplished the concerns of both profit and religion, an accomplished preceptor should first recount all that has been said in the foregoing section, which is elaborate, on the topic of Adhyatma.[1081] Space, wind, light, water and earth counted as the fifth, and bhava and abhava and time, exist in all living creatures having the five for their constituent ingredients.[1082] Space is unoccupied interval.  The organs of hearing consist of space.  One conversant with the science of entities endued with form should know that space has sound for its attribute.  The feet (that assist at locomotion) have wind for their essence.  The vital breaths are made of wind.  The sense of touch (skin) has wind for its essence, and touch is the attribute of wind.  Heat, the digestive fire in the stomach, light that discovers all things, the warmth that is in the body, and eye counted as the fifth, are all of light which has form of diverse colours for its attribute.  Liquefied discharges, solubility, and all kinds of liquid matter are of water.  Blood, marrow, and all else (in the body) that is cool, should be known to have water for their essence.  The tongue is the sense of taste, and taste is regarded

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