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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.
man who, casting off all feelings of pride, humbly waits upon and serves them that are venerable for age, who is possessed of learning and destitute of lust, who looketh upon all creatures with an eye of love, who has no wealth, who is righteous in his acts, and who is destitute of the desire of inflicting any kind of harm (upon any one), that truly respectable man is worshipped in this world by those that are good and pious.’"[1521]

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“Parasara said, ’The lowest order, it is proper, should derive their sustenance from the three other orders.  Such service, rendered with affection and reverence, makes them righteous.[1522] If the ancestors of any Sudra were not engaged in service, he should not still engage himself in any other occupation (than service).  Truly, he should apply himself to service as his occupation.  In my opinion, it is proper for them to associate, under all circumstances, with good men devoted to righteousness, but never with those that are wicked.  As in the Eastern hills, jewels and metals blaze with greater splendour in consequence of their adjacence to the Sun, even so the lowest order blazes with splendour in consequence of their association with the good.  A piece of white cloth assumes that hue with which it is dyed.  Even such is the case with Sudras.[1523] Hence also, one should attach oneself to all good qualities but never to qualities that are evil.  The life of human beings in this world is fleeting and transitory.  That wise man who, in happiness as also in misery, achieves only what is good, is regarded as a true observer of the scriptures.  That man who is endued with intelligence would never do an act which is dissociated from virtue, however high may the advantages be of that act.  Indeed, such an act is not regarded as truly beneficial.  That lawless king who, snatching thousands of kine from their lawful owners, gives them away (unto deserving persons), acquires no fruit (from that act of giving) beyond an empty sound (expressive of the act he does).  On the other hand, he incurs the sin of theft.  The Self-born at first created the Being called Dhatri held in universal respect.  Dhatri created a son who was engaged in upholding all the worlds.[1524] Worshipping that deity, the Vaisya employs himself, for the means of his support, in agriculture and the rearing of cattle.  The Kshatriyas should employ themselves in the task of protecting all the other classes.  The Brahmanas should only enjoy.  As regards the Sudras, they should engage themselves in the task of humbly and honestly collecting together the articles that are to be offered in sacrifices, and in cleaning altars and other places where sacrifices are to be performed.  If each order acts in this way, righteousness would not suffer any diminution.  If righteousness is preserved in its entirety, all creatures inhabiting the earth would be happy.  Beholding the happiness of all creatures on earth,

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