The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 3 eBook

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they meet with happiness or misery.  This circumstance ought to awaken thee.  When in consequence of the fruits of their own acts thy relatives succeed in maintaining themselves in this world whether thou livest or diest, reflecting on this thou shouldst do what is for thy own good.[1484] When this is known to be the case, who in the world is to be regarded as whose?  Do thou, therefore, set thy heart on the attainment of Emancipation.  Listen now to what more I shall say unto thee.  That man of firm Soul is certainly emancipated who has conquered hunger and thirst and such other states of the body, as also wrath and cupidity and error.  That man is always emancipated who does not forget himself, through folly, by indulging in gambling and drinking and concubinage and the chase.  That man who is really touched by sorrow in consequence of the necessity there is of eating every day and every night for supporting life, is said to be cognisant of the faults of life.  One who, as the result of careful reflection, regards his repeated births to be only due to sexual congress with women, is held to be freed from attachments.  That man is certainly emancipated who knows truly the nature of the birth, the destruction, and the exertion (or acts) of living creatures.  That man becomes certainly freed who regards (as worthy of his acceptance) only a handful of corn, for the support of life, from amidst millions upon millions of carts loaded with grain, and who disregards the difference between a shed of bamboo and reeds and a palatial mansion.[1485] That man becomes certainly freed who beholds the world to be afflicted by death and disease and famine.[1486] Indeed, one who beholds the world to be such succeeds in becoming contented; while one who fails to behold the world in such a light, meets with destruction.  That man who is contented with only a little is regarded as freed.  That man who beholds the world as consisting of eaters and edibles (and himself as different from both) and who is never touched by pleasure and pain which are born of illusion, is regarded as emancipate.  That man who regards a soft bed on a fine bedstead and the hard soil as equal, and who regards good sali rice and hard thick rice as equal, is emancipated.  That man who regards linen and cloth made of grass as equal, and in whose estimation cloth of silk and barks of trees are the same, and who sees no difference between clean sheep-skin and unclean leather, is emancipated That man who looks upon this world as the result of the combination of the five primal essences, and who behaves himself in this world, keeping this notion foremost, is emancipated.  That man who regards pleasure and pain as equal, and gain and loss as on a par, in whose estimation victory and defeat differ not, to whom like and dislike are the same, and who is unchanged under fear and anxiety, is wholly emancipated.  That man who regards his body which has so many imperfections to be only a mass of blood, urine and excreta, as
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