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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.

“Tuladhara said, ’I shall now speak on the object of the means of sustenance.  I am not, O Brahmana, an atheist.  I do not blame Sacrifices.  The man, however, is very rare that is truly conversant with Sacrifice.  I bow to that Sacrifice which is ordained for Brahmanas.  I bow also to them that are conversant with that Sacrifice.  Alas, the Brahmanas, having given up the Sacrifice that is ordained for them, have betaken themselves to the performance of Sacrifices that are for Kshatriyas.[1165] Many persons of faith, O regenerate one, that are covetous and fond of wealth, without having understood the true meaning of the declarations of the Srutis, and proclaiming things that are really false but that have the show of truth, have introduced many kinds of Sacrifices, saying, ’This should be given away in this Sacrifice.  This other thing should be given away in this other Sacrifice.  The first of this is very laudable.’  The consequence, however, of all this, O Jajali, is that theft and many evil acts spring up.[1166] It should be known that only that sacrificial offering which was acquired by righteous means can gratify the gods.  There are abundant indications in the scriptures that the worship of the deities may be accomplished with vows, with libations poured on the fire, with recitations or chanting of the Vedas, and with plants and herbs.  From their religious acts unrighteous persons get wicked offspring.  From covetous men are born children that are covetous, and from those that are contented spring children that are contented.  If the sacrificer and the priest suffer themselves to be moved by desire of fruit (in respect of the Sacrifices they perform or assist in), their children take the stain.  If, on the other hand, they do not yield to desire of fruit, the children born to them become of the same kind.  From Sacrifices spring progeny like clear water from the firmament.  The libations poured on the sacrificial fire rise up to the Sun.  From the Sun springs rain.  From rain springs food.  From food are born living creatures.  In former days, men righteously devoted to Sacrifices used to obtain therefrom the fruition of all their wishes.  The earth yielded crops without tillage.  The blessing uttered by the Rishis produced herbs and plants.[1167] The men of former times never performed Sacrifices from desire of fruits and never regarded themselves as called upon to enjoy those fruits.  Those who somehow perform sacrifices, doubting the while their efficacy take birth in their next lives as dishonest, wily, and greedy men exceedingly covetous of wealth.  That man who by the aid of false reasoning holds up all the authoritative scriptures as fraught with evil, is certain to go, for such sinful act of his, into the regions of the sinful.  Such a man is certainly possessed of a sinful soul, O foremost of Brahmanas, and always remains here, bereft of wisdom.[1168] That man who regards those acts obligatory which have been laid down in the Vedas and directed to be accomplished

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