The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 3 eBook

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Indeed, they are capable of being heard with profit by one that is possessed of knowledge.  Having procreated children in due time and married them when they become young men, and having ascertained them to be competent for earning their livelihood, do thou free thyself from all attachments and rove about in happiness.  When thou seest thy dearly-cherished wife grown old in years and attached to the son she has brought forth, do thou leave her in time, keeping in view the highest object of acquisition (viz., Emancipation).  Whether thou obtainest a son or not, having during the first years of thy life duly enjoyed with thy senses the objects that are addressed to them, free thyself from attachments and rove about in happiness.  Having indulged the senses with their objects, thou shouldst suppress the desire of further indulging them.  Freeing thyself then from attachments, thou shouldst rove in felicity, contenting thyself with what is obtained without effort and previous calculation, and casting an equal eye upon all creatures and objects.[1482] Thus, O son, have I told thee in brief (of what the way is for freeing thyself from attachments).  Hear me now, for I shall presently tell thee, in detail, the desirability of the acquisition of Emancipation.[1483] Those persons who live in this world freed from attachments and fear, succeed in obtaining happiness.  Those persons, however, who are attached to worldly objects, without doubt, meet with destruction.  Worms and ants (like men) are engaged in the acquisition of food and are seen to die in the search.  They that are freed from attachments are happy, while they that are attached to worldly objects meet with destruction.  If thou desirest to attain to Emancipation thou shouldst never bestow thy thoughts on thy relatives, thinking,—­How shall these exist without me?—­A living creature takes birth by himself, and grows by himself, and obtains happiness and misery, and death by himself.  In this world people enjoy and obtain food and raiment and other acquisitions earned by their parents or themselves.  This is the result of the acts of past lives, for nothing can be had in this life which is not the result of the past.  All creatures live on the Earth, protected by their own acts, and obtaining their food as the result of what is ordained by Him who assigns the fruits of acts.  A man is but a lump of clay, and is always himself completely dependent on other forces.  One, therefore, being oneself so, in firm, what rational consideration can one have for protecting and feeding one’s relatives?  When thy relatives are carried away by Death in thy very sight and in spite of even thy utmost efforts to save them, that circumstance alone should awaken thee.  In the every lifetime of thy relatives and before thy own duty is completed of feeding and protecting them, thyself mayst meet with death and abandon them.  After thy relatives have been carried away from this world by death, thou canst not know what becomes of them there,—­that is, whether
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